Quality of Life
Raleigh is well known for the quality of life based on culture, restaurants, housing, sports, schools, and much more.

Climate

Raleigh has a mild, temperate climate that hits the sweet spot between north and south. Our four distinct seasons lean comfortably toward the south, with winter arriving late and leaving early by northern standards.  Spring brings an explosion of flowering dogwoods and azaleas, summer lingers well into October and autumn brings a nostalgic tide of color.  Favorable weather, combined with seasonal variety here in our Piedmont setting, makes Raleigh ideal for year-round outdoor activity. There’s also comfort in knowing that North Carolina’s majestic mountains and spectacular beaches are only a few short hours away.

 

What makes Raleigh most attractive is the quality of life - you don't see people leaving. Everyone's looking to stay in Raleigh and that’s an unusual thing to see.”

– Scott Mahoney, Peter Millar

 

Housing

Raleigh housing market provides many opportunities for newcomers due to the diverse housing stock. Raleigh has much to offer including historic downtown homes, new suburban neighborhoods, established older communities along with new high-rise apartment living. 

One of the first ways newcomers engage in a community is through a home search. In Raleigh, there are so many options it's almost overwhelming. Here you can find historic homes and bungalows near downtown, condos and town homes in downtown, or sprawling mansions on huge lots adjacent to lakes and parks. It’s really just a matter of preference and budget. The bottom line is this, it doesn’t matter if you’re looking to rent or buy or if your budget is slim or massive, you’ll have tons of options. 

  • Compared to peer cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Austin, and Nashville, Raleigh had a lower median apartment rent ($926) in the 2015.

  • Raleigh has one of the lowest property tax rates ($0.4183/$100 in assessed value) of all Wake County municipalities.

  

Medical Services

Access to high quality health care ranks with education and safety as major contributors to an overall good quality of life. In Raleigh, residents have some world-class options.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals is an 884 bed not-for-profit system with more than 7,600 employees. Its flagship campus is located in east Raleigh and includes North Carolina’s first freestanding children’s emergency department. It is also Wake County’s only Level 1 trauma center as designated by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. In addition to the main campus, WakeMed has more than a dozen facilities throughout Wake County.

Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, has 660 beds and treats close to 34,000 inpatients every year. Rex employs more than 5,300 people including more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses. Rex is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals, and its areas of specialty include: oncology, heart and vascular, surgical services, orthopedics, rehabilitation, emergency and urgent care, women’s services and wound healing. Rex has multiple locations in Wake County with its main campus located in West Raleigh.

Duke Raleigh Hospital has seen significant growth and investment since it became part of Duke Medicine in 1998.  Located in North Raleigh, the campus has 186 beds and more than 500 physicians on staff.

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