About Raleigh and Wake County

When you're looking for the excitement and attractions of a great city, combined with the affordability, approachability and appeal of a classic Southern town, look no further than Greater Raleigh.

Best known for its world-class museums, Best of Broadway shows and live concerts, Capital area historic sites, professional and amateur sporting events and shopping mecca status with nine major retail areas, Greater Raleigh and Wake County truly offer a variety of entertainment all in one park-like, scenic setting.

Come see why our attractions and entertainment result in Greater Raleigh and Wake County being continually ranked as one of best places to live . . .and an even greater place to visit!

Fast Facts

  • Raleigh population (July 2010 estimate): 403,892
  • Metro area population: 1,635,974
  • Founded: 1792
  • Nickname: "City of Oaks"
  • Average August high temperature: 87 degrees F
  • Average August low temperature: 67.8 degree F

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