Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 469,298 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 85.62% 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 sales jobs (12.12%), management occupations (11.73%), and office and administrative support (11.29%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.69% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Raleigh is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Raleigh is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

One important feature of Raleigh is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 85.03% 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.

If knowledge is power, Raleigh is a pretty powerful place. 50.44% of the adults in Raleigh have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Raleigh in 2010 was $36,875, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,500 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 10.97% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Raleigh include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Raleigh is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.