Moving to Raleigh/Durham Area
Thinking about moving to the Raleigh/Durham Area? Great, come see why the area is consistently rated as one of best places to live in the US.
Top reasons people move to the Raleigh/Durham area
Abundance of high-tech jobs: The “Triangle” (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill metro area) is one of the fastest growing large metropolitan areas in the US, for a good reason, it is a top education and technology center of the US. The area is highlighted by three major research institutions (Duke Univ., NC State Univ., and Univ. of NC) and the largest research park in the US, Research Triangle Park (RTP).
Research Triangle Park is a 7000-acre research and technology center between Raleigh and Durham. Within RTP there are over 300 companies working in a wide range of areas including biotechnology, computers, and finance. Top employers in RTP include Cisco Systems, Fidelity Investments, GlaxoSmithKline, and International Business Machines.
Ease of travel: For travelers, the Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) is considered by locals as the most user-friendly airport in the world. It is not uncommon for seasoned travelers to park, check in and be through security in less than 15 min. Direct flights from RDU are available to most major US cities, with daily flights to London Heathrow and to Paris Charles De Gaulle.
Moderate climate: The climate in the Triangle area is moderate, with average high temperatures of Winter-53oF, Spring-72oF, Summer-89oF, and Fall-73oF. Triangle area residents enjoy the experience of four distinct seasons without the extreme winters in the north or oppressive summer heat of the south.
Low cost of living: Cost of living in the triangle is generally lower than most major metropolitan areas of the US. Cost of living calculator generally find that cost in Raleigh is approximately 64% of the cost of Anaheim, Pomona, Pasadena or Glendale, CA, 57% of the cost in Brooklyn NY, 38% of the cost in Manhattan, 79% of New Haven CT, 79% of the cost in Newark NJ, 68% of the cost in Queens, and 71% of the cost in Stamford CT.
Low tax burden: Tax burden in North Carolina is below the national average. WalletHub ranks North Carolina as having the 17th lowest tax burden among states, while USA Today ranks NC as having the 18th lowest tax burden among states. North Carolina does not have estate or inheritance tax.
Property taxes in North Carolina are ranked within the lowest 10 states of US. The accompanying table provides an example of property taxes in the area. This area, Chapel Hill in northeast Chatham County has some of the highest value homes (avg ca.= $548,000) in the Triangle.
Health Care: Area health care within the Triangle is provided primarily by the medical schools at Duke Univ. or Univ. of NC Chapel Hill. Health care within the area is some of the best available in the world. In fact, census tract 201.04 in NE Chatham County is recorded as having the greatest life expectancy in the US at 97.5 years. A testament to the quality of life and available health care in the area!
Entertainment and recreation: Entertainment and recreational opportunities in the Triangle are abundant. Within the Triangle there are three large lakes for boating, swimming, camping, hiking, etc. These lakes are undeveloped, thus providing miles and miles of uninterrupted nature hikes. Not to be outdone by the lakes, Umstead State Park lies between Raleigh and Durham. It is a 5,600-acre park that hiker, trail runners, bicyclists and equestrian’s dream.
The Triangle is nexus of one of the greatest three-way college rivalries in the nation. Scoring tickets to a Duke/UNC basketball or a NC State/UNC football game in next to impossible. No worries though, with rivalries like this the national television stations always carry these games. More importantly, we can participate in the many tailgating opportunities of three major universities!
Looking for something more than college/pro athletics or outdoor nature opportunities? No problem! The Triangle also offers an abundance of arts/entertainment opportunities, a huge craft beer scene, golf galore (>50 golf courses. We get to play year around!), a frenzy of festivals, and more and more and more! Not enough? No problem! It is only a two-hour drive to the beaches of the Outer Banks or snow skiing in the Smoky Mountains.
Come explore the reasons why residents love the are so much that they do not want to leave!