Home » Raleigh Life. Why do we love living in Raleigh NC? And how did this Australian family end up moving to Raleigh in the first place? When we first moved to Raleigh in we instantly fell in love with the vibe, the people, and the possibilities.
We first moved to Raleigh from Australia in when Caroline was an elementary school teacher and came here via a company based in Chapel Hill called Participate Learning who recruit foreign teachers to expose US kids to different cultures. Fast forward to today and Caroline is no longer a teacher, and we have since built our travel publishing business to the level that we were recently granted Green Cards to become permanent residents which we are thrilled about. So whether you are looking to move to Raleigh, or just visit Raleigh, we are here to help.
I always say to people when they ask about suggestions on where to live, visiting and living in a place are two very different experiencesand you really need a minimum of 6 months to get a real feel for a place. We share all about our first experience moving to Raleigh in episode 1 of our Raleigh podcast. So many things. But I think the secret is out, as this is one of the fastest growing and vibrant cities in the South.
Along with all the oak trees you have pine tree forests everywhere, wooded neighborhoods, green spaces and parklands. Although historic and the capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh has youthful energy and is a vibrant place to live. Founded init was officially named after the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the s, and is one of the few cities in the country planned specifically as a state capital.
It is the second largest city in NC after Charlotte, and is the largest city in the area known as the Triangle region that consists of Raleigh — Durham — Chapel Hill. Downtown Raleigh in particular has undergone a huge revitalization in recent years and become a vibrant place to visit and live with lots of cool cafes, bars, breweries, award winning restaurants, food halls, world class museums, festivals and events, arts and cultural activities.
So has its surrounding neighborhoods inside the beltline ITB. For a city of this size, I feel there are plenty of entertainment options, places to eat and drink, places to shop, play, walk, bike, relax. And I love that we are within minutes of Durham and minutes of Chapel Hill and all that they have to offer! Again, my comparison comes from having lived one-hour north of Sydney 5 million peoplein LondonDublin, and Bangkok talk about busy and congested.
So yeah, to us Raleigh is a good size and a nice pace of life! One of the main things we love about living in Raleigh is its central location on the East Coast and close to so many other great places.
Where is Raleigh? As Australians who grew up by the beachwe love that Interstate 40 I runs past the outskirts of town and we can be at Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach in two hours. Interstate 95 I is also close by and the main interstate on the East Coast that will take you to Florida or New England check out our New England road trip tips.
As big time travelers, we love being close to so many other great places for road trips or even day trips. Here are 8 cool day trips from Raleigh. As for flying, we have a great airport RDU with great domestic and international flight options — keep reading below for more on that! But as mentioned, we are within easy reach of many other cities and towns and there is plenty of cool things to do in Raleigh as we share down below!
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The Raleigh food scene has exploded and continues to gain in prominence compared to other Southern foodie cities like Charleston, Nashville and Atlanta. And Forbes named Raleigh one of 12 global destinations to travel to thanks to our culinary prowess. With over 30 local Raleigh breweriesthe craft beer scene is unlike any other in the Southeast and you can visit many of them on the Raleigh Beer Trail — download the map here.
We also have exciting beer festivals too. Brewgaloo in downtown is the 2nd largest craft beer festival in the country.
As Aussies, we think we know a good cup of Joe when we sip on one. And just like the food and beer scene, the coffee scene has improved considerably over the years with new places opening up regularly, and as coffee addicts, this just adds to the reasons we like living here. We primarily drink lattes, or flat whites popular in Australia and similar to a latte but made with less milk.
But n o matter what style of coffee you prefer, you can find a Raleigh coffee shop for you! : 6 coffee shops in Downtown Raleigh the locals love. Adding to the oak trees, pine forests and greenway trails are the city parks and squares that add to the liveability factor!
Moore Square in the heart of downtown has been a place of gathering since This four-acre urban green space hosts events and here you will find the old City Market, restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries, a kids museum, and high-density residential. Nash Square is another favorite of ours on the edge of the Warehouse District and is a lovely space with oak trees, lawn area, and a Raleigh Firefighters monument in the center. Mordecai Historic Park is home to many interesting pieces of North Carolina history.
Dorothea Dix Park is the largest park in Raleigh with impressive skyline views and a lovely space with wide-open fields, rolling meadows, tree-lined streets. Pullen Parklocated next to NC State University on 66 acres of land is the first public park in North Carolina and the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U. : 10 best neighborhoods in Raleigh inside the beltline.
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One of our favorite things to do in Raleigh NC is grab a coffee and just wander around and take in the vibe of the city neighborhoods. Downtown is essentially a block radius and easy to navigate, but keep in mind that once you move away from downtown, and especially outside the beltline, you definitely need a car!
The City of Raleigh has a decent bicycle network, and BikeRaleigh has maps showing bike lanes, greenways, as well as preferred routes that are based on bicyclist feedback and street conditions. To me, our accent is kinda bland and boring.
Typically, checking-in and getting through security is relatively smooth and easy, and RDU consistently ranks among one of the most efficient airports in America. The 10 airlines currently operating out of RDU include the major and budget airlines:.
I love college towns and always make a point of exploring them on our travels throughout the USA. A major draw to the area are the world-class educational institutions including 11 principal universities in Raleighthe main one being North Carolina State University — a powerhouse in engineering, math, technology and science. Plus, the largest community college in the state, Wake Techis here.
All of those schools add tremendous value to the area as far as services, activities, jobs, atmosphere, the wonderful hospitals at UNC and Duke, and it being an educated community with a youthful vibe making it a great place to raise a family. Speaking of an educated community, Forbes ranked Raleigh as the second most educated city in America, and Durham third.
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With all those top universities in the area, higher education is a focal point. According to the U. The city of oaks is awash in entrepreneurial energy from homegrown clothing labels, craft breweries, innovative restaurants, and converted warehouses and art galleries.
Raleigh has been ranked 3rd on a list by Forbes for best places for business and careers. The future is exciting.
The cost of living, in particular real estate has risen in the past 5 years due to low inventory and high demand! More and more people are moving here due to the quality of life and how affordable it is from out of state, and internationally — hello!
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If you happen to be in the tech industry, your cost of living in Raleigh can be ificantly less than other major tech cities like San Francisco or even Austin. We recently lived in an apartment above a family who moved here from Orange County, California, and the father got a job with the big gaming company Epic who are based in Cary.
And that seems to be standard with people moving here from New York or New Jersey and Boston, that you can severely down-size in price, but ificantly up-size in square foot! On the website Payscale. And Realtor.
Overall, I think the cost of living in Raleigh is relatively low or very competitive compared to most comparable cities in the US, but it will continue to grow and there is a ton of construction of condos and houses going on. The 7,acre RTP is home to more than companies and over 50, people with expertise in fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, chemicals, and environmental sciences. Along with the top universities in the area, the growing tech and startup scene just adds to the entrepreneurial spirit in the community.
So if you love College Sports, it reigns supreme here with the three big universities, and all with big fan bases. We just happened to be living here in when the Canes brought home the Stanley Cup for the first time which was wild! For baseball fansthe world famous Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball team play out in Durham, and we love going to Durham Bulls baseball games. Golf lovers will love living in Raleigh NC as there are a huge of golf courses in Raleigh and people travel from all over to play golf here. Soccer fans will also love it here. And many of the NFL teams have deated supporter bars.
We love a good festival, and there are tons of festivals in Raleigh each year to keep anyone entertained through all seasons. We love music and live concerts, and for a city this size Raleigh has a solid list of venues and world class performers who have performed here. Whilst Atlanta and D.
The North Carolina Museum of Art is one of the most popular Raleigh attractions with more than a dozen beautiful gallery spaces showcasing art from around the world, plus a acre park and trail system featuring commissioned works of art.
The Contemporary Art Museum CAM displays new and emerging work by local and national living artists, and is popular among local residents.