Raleigh is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 449,894 people and 100 constituent neighborhoods, Raleigh is the second largest community in North Carolina.
Raleigh real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Raleigh house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Raleigh is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Raleigh is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Raleigh who work in office and administrative support (12.56%), sales jobs (12.20%), and management occupations (11.91%).
Also of interest is that Raleigh has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Raleigh is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on the local Raleigh culture, lifestyle and music scene. In fact, Raleigh is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. The combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Raleigh on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also provides a youthful feel and lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Believe it or not, Raleigh is one of the biggest "college towns" in America, generating lift to the economy of the entire region, and issuing forth thousands of newly-minted college students every spring, powering the innovation economy, the arts, and a lively club scene.
One important feature of Raleigh is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.84% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Raleigh anyway. So, if you like to drive, Raleigh is the city for you! The landscape around Raleigh reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.
The citizens of Raleigh are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.64% of adults in Raleigh have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Raleigh in 2010 was $31,169, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,676 for a family of four. However, Raleigh contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Raleigh is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Raleigh home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Raleigh residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Raleigh also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.91% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Raleigh include German, Irish, Italian, and African.
The most common language spoken in Raleigh is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.