The City of Raleigh

Raleigh at a glance

Wake County Major Employers*

  • Wake County Public Schools
  • NC State University at Raleigh
  • Wake Med
  • SAS Institute Inc
  • Rex Healthcare
  • Wal-Mart Associates Inc
  • Cisco Systems Inc
  • City of Raleigh
  • Dept of Public Safety
  • State of NC Dept of Health & Human
  • County of Wake
  • NC Dept of Transportation
  • Xerox Commercial Solutions Llc
  • Harris Teeter Inc
  • Progress Energy Service Co
  • Food Lion
  • US Postal Service
  • Wells Fargo Bank Na
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • TWC Administration Llc
  • State Employees Credit Union Inc
  • Target Stores Div
  • YMCA
  • First Citizens Bank & Trust Co
  • Onsite Companies Inc
*Source: NC Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division

Frequently ranked among the best places to live in the United States, Raleigh is the state capital and county seat for Wake County. Raleigh has a population of 437,175. That number is projected to reach 472,946 by 2019. The city is known for its state government workers, its proximity to Research Triangle Park and its highly skilled workforce, with 90 percent of residents having a high school diploma or higher. Six colleges and universities call Raleigh home, including North Carolina State University, Shaw University and William Peace University.

Who lives here?
  • Current population 437,175
  • Average age 35.5
  • 57.6 percent white
  • 28.7 percent black
  • 4.1 percent Asian
  • 12.1 percent Hispanic or Latino of any race
  • Average household income is $73,134
  • Bachelors degrees or higher are held by 45.6 percent of the population over 25

*Source: Nielsen, 2014

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