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10 Interesting Raleigh Facts That You May Not Know


Raleigh has played important roles throughout American history, from being the center of Confederate power during the Civil War to leading the way for African American opportunity after the war. In more recent years, Raleigh has become a national leader in art, technology and craft beer. This combination of history and modern achievements makes Raleigh a fascinating place. Here are 10 Raleigh facts that you probably didn’t know.


1. The Beltline Was Nearly Built As a Wall

When it was first conceptualized in 1954, the Beltline was to be a wall not a roadway. The idea was championed by the Cities With Borders lobbying group. However, after much discussion, it was changed to a roadway. The highway nearly encircles central Raleigh and is known for its surprising beauty.


2. Raleigh Was the Center of Civil War Efforts

North Carolina had joined the Confederacy with some reluctance, and the western mountain region retained mostly Union sentiment. Still, it contributed more troops to the Confederacy than any other state and provided many vital supplies through the major port of Wilmington, defying the Union blockade. Troops from North Carolina played a major role in dozens of battles, including Gettysburg, where they were prominent in Pickett’s Charge.


3. Raleigh is the Live Music Capital of North Carolina

Raleigh has developed a reputation for outstanding live music for decades. Local venues helped launch the careers of stars like Jimmy Buffet, R.E.M and Sheryl Crow. Today, the city is considered a major hub for live music, with many national headlining acts and DJs coming to the city as a regular stop on their tours. Raleigh also hosts several nationally-renowned music festivals, including the Hopscotch Music Festival. The city’s variety of venues and entertainment districts ensures that there is always something going on to suit every taste and genre.


4. Raleigh is the Craft Beer Capital of North Carolina

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Raise a glass to our local brewers! The Triangle area has become one of the most exciting areas in the country for craft beer. Raleigh is home to more than 15 percent of the state’s craft breweries, earning it the unofficial title of the Capital of Craft Beer. Each brewery has an intriguing story, from launching in an airplane hangar to being North Carolina’s first woman-owned brewery. Many of the breweries in Raleigh offer free tours and samples so you can learn the differences between beers and chat with the brewmasters.


5. Raleigh is an Educational Hub

North Carolina’s Capital city is all about continuing education. Raleigh and its neighboring cities, Durham and Chapel Hill, are home to 12 traditional universities and colleges. North Carolina State University is a major research center. Duke University is ranked eighth in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Ranking and produces some of the most sought-after and valued graduates in the world.


6. Raleigh is an Innovator in Tech

When you think of innovation, chances are you think of cities like San Francisco, Boston and Austin. What you might not realize is that Raleigh and the Research Triangle have a longstanding history of innovation and are experiencing rapid growth in the technology sector. The Research Triangle Park, established more than 50 years ago, is one of the world’s greatest technological research parks. Big companies like Lenovo, Sony Ericsson, IBM, Nortel Networks and Cisco maintain headquarters here and attract graduates from the area’s tier-one research universities. The city is also home to more than 500 startups and has been ranked as the fourth best city in the country for fostering entrepreneurial growth.


7. Raleigh Boasts Over 9,000 Acres of Parkland

It comes as no surprise that the City of Oaks offers countless ways to enjoy nature in Raleigh. The area is a nature lover’s dream come true, boasting more than 9,000 acres of parkland and almost 1,300 acres of water. You can enjoy recreational activities year-round, whether you prefer biking, hiking or kayaking. A nationally-acclaimed greenway system spans more than 180 miles, providing trails that connect many of the city’s parks.


8. Raleigh is the “Smithsonian of the South”

Those with a passion for art and culture love Raleigh. From massive arts institutions to high-end commercial galleries and boutique galleries, the city boasts dozens of venues showcasing first-rate art. You’ll spot inspiring exhibitions and programming throughout the year, most of which is free to the public. The NC Museum of History and the NC Museum of Art, coupled with the community’s outpouring of creativity and innovation, have helped earn Raleigh its nickname, the “Smithsonian of the South.”


9. Raleigh is a Haven for Sports Fans

Raleigh gives sports fans plenty to cheer about! The NHL Carolina Hurricanes whip up hockey fans, while the Carolina Mudcats are a home run for baseball fans. Catch a game at WakeMed Soccer Park and see North Carolina FC men’s or North Carolina Courage women’s pro soccer players take the field. The area is also home to stock car racing and great college athletics.


10. It’s (Almost) Always Sunny in Raleigh

The weather doesn’t get much better than what we have here in Raleigh! In addition to having four distinguishable seasons, the city is basking in sunlight an average of 213 days per year. In the fall, the City of Oaks is painted in breathtaking colors that stand out against the clear skies. With all of that sun, you won’t need a special lamp to chase away the winter blues!


As you can see by these Raleigh facts, the city is a wonderful and interesting place to live. If you’re looking for a new home in the Midtown District of North Hills, we hope you’ll stop by and see us! While you’re here, we’d love to take you on a tour of our high-rise apartment community. Visit Park Central online at to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.


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