Best Neighborhoods in Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh is the 2nd largest city and capital of North Carolina. Raleigh holds the county seat in Wake County, and with a population of 403, 892 residents, is the 43rd largest city in the United States. Raleigh occupies approximately 143 square miles in North Caroling and is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Raleigh is a part of the Research Triangle. Chapel Hill and Durham make up the other points of the triangle. The Research Triangle makes up the Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area. Raleigh has made the "Top 10 list of Places to Live" for Money Magazine, Forbes, and MSNBC.

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Temperature

Average High - 87.2, Average Low - 29.6

Sports

Hockey - Hurricanes

Crime Rate

- The crime rate in Raleigh has been on a continual decline since roughly 2004.

Top Neighborhoods

North Ridge Country Club is a country club and neighborhood in northern Raleigh. North Ridge provides a host of amenities for its residence inclusive of an Olympic size swimming pool, two18- hole golf courses, a 70,000 square foot clubhouse, tennis court, fitness center, and restaurant. North Ridge is host to many charitable events during the year including Chef Grasley’s “Tour of Italy”, an authentic Italian feast, Fourth of July Fireworks, and the annual Christmas Party. Homes in the North Ridge Country Club are reflective of a very affluent community.

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Apex is a neighborhood considered one of the most convenient places in the Research Triangle to live. The downtown district of Apex is registered on the National Historic District Registry of Historic Places. The town has a small town, close knit community feel, and the residents of Apex appreciate that. Apex was recently named "Best Small Town in North Carolina" by Business North Carolina magazine. Apex offers a reasonable commute and easy access to recreational facilities. There is great demand for more housing and housing options in the Apex neighborhood and presently, over 25 new neighborhoods are under construction.

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Chapel Hill is a neighborhood nestled in wooded Piedmont. Although not directly in Raleigh, Chapel Hill is a part of the Research Triangle. Established in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the nation's oldest public university is a prominent resident of Chapel Hill. Because of the University, its historical significance in American history and the natural beauty of the area, Chapel Hill is a very desirable community to live in. The community is diverse and has a vibrant downtown with multitudes of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

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Midtown is a commercial and residential neighborhood located just north of the I-440 Beltline. Midtown has a number of shops, and restaurants for the residents of Midtown to take advantage of. North Hills Park is also a resident of Midtown and offers recreational and outdoor activities for the residents as well as people from the surrounding communities. The housing stock in Midtown is mixed with converted warehouses, single family and multi unit residences.

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Historic Oakwood is a neighborhood that has been acknowledged by the National Register of Historic Places. Located near the Governor's Mansion, Historic Oakwood is known for its many Victorian Homes and the Historic Oak Wood Cemetery. From the deep pitched roofs to the front and back porches, Historic Oakwood is a beautiful community to live in. There are many styles of home in the historic neighborhood, although the housing options are not as varied. The Historic designation helps to ensure that the originally intended characteristics of the neighborhood remain in tact.

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The East Raleigh-South Park Historic District is a collection of African-American neighborhoods in the area. This area has been in development since just after the Civil War to present day. The district is located south of downtown and covers approximately 30 square blocks. The District offers churches, groceries, restaurants and working and middle class housing stock. Houses in the District are densely packed with small gardens and well kept yards. The District is very desirable neighborhood to live in.

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