Raleigh, NC - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    414,530
  • Population Density
    2,855 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    145 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    324 3.7
Raleigh is a large city in North Carolina with 414,530 residents. It has average home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 324 reviews
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    • 4
    Housing at Raleigh: The housing quality is great although the cost is very high. I am also not a big fan of the little space between each house.
    • 5
    Outdoors at Raleigh: There are many outdoor activities like running, canoeing, and wildlife watching in this area. It is a busy city so there's not much of hiking, camping and such. The green ways are nice as well.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Raleigh: I feel very safe in this area of Raleigh. There is rarely any crime and I see the police on duty quite frequently.
    • 4
    Weather at Raleigh: The Summer is hot, the Winter is cold, and the Fall and Spring are "just right". Every season brings it's own beauty. Although, sometimes you are not quite sure what the weather is going to do. It can be quite unpredictable "wishy washy", but I love it.
    • 4
    Food & Drink at Raleigh: I love the variety of food options in the area. There's Mexican food, Comfort Food, Bar/Grill Food, Frozen Yogurt and more.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Neuse Township 75,282
4.33 House Creek Township 56,934
4.00 Meredith Township 15,666
4.33 Bartons Creek Township 22,940
4.00 St. Matthews Township 69,092
4.33 Leesville Township 42,670
4.33 Knightdale 12,133
4.00 St. Marys Township 60,279
4.00 Swift Creek Township 50,922
4.00 Garner 26,213
4.00 Wake Forest Township 68,706
4.33 Wake Forest 31,632
4.33 New Light Township 7,238
4.33 Cedar Fork Township 42,444
4.00 Carr Township 2,681
4.33 Cary 141,292
3.66 Durham 234,922
4.00 Triangle Township 95,751

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Durham 234,922
3.66 Charlotte 757,278
2.66 Norfolk 244,090
2.00 Memphis 650,932
3.00 Atlanta 432,589

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 27610 68,776
4.00 27616 46,074
3.66 27603 46,175
3.66 27606 44,261
4.33 27613 43,216
4.00 27529 43,259
4.33 27615 42,364
4.00 27604 41,400
4.00 27612 35,127
4.00 27609 32,097
4.33 27614 32,764
4.00 27607 28,324
4.00 27545 24,266
4.33 27560 23,491
4.33 27617 15,312
4.33 27608 10,644
2.66 27601 9,766
4.00 27605 4,628

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Raleigh Charter High School Public, Charter 9-12 High
4.33 Green Hope High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Endeavor Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Exploris Middle School Public, Charter 6-8 Middle
4.00 Panther Creek High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Franklin Academy Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Magellan Charter School Public, Charter 3-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Sterling Montessori Academy Public, Charter PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.00 Mills Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Lead Mine Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Cedar Fork Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Davis Drive Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Green Hope Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Central Park School for Children Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
4.00 Washington Elementary School Public, Magnet K-5 Elementary
4.00 East Cary Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Cary Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Briarcliff Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Hilburn Drive Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Northwoods Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Morrisville Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Davis Drive Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Willow Springs Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Kingswood Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Adams Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.00 Durham Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Cary Academy Private 6-12 High
Fellowship Baptist Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 St. Mary's School Private, Boarding, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
3.66 Mount Zion Christian Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 St. David's School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Raleigh Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Camelot Academy Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 St. Thomas More Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.00 Trinity Academy of Raleigh Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Cardinal Gibbons High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.00 Grace Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 North Raleigh Christian Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Wake Christian Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Cary Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.33 Friendship Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.33 Neuse Christian Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.33 Word of God Christian Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
The Fletcher Academy Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
The Trilogy School Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, High
Faith Assembly Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
1.66 Hilltop Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
The Franciscan School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Duke University
4.33 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4.00 North Carolina State University
3.33 Meredith College
2.66 Campbell University
2.33 North Carolina Central University
2.00 William Peace University
1.66 Saint Augustine's University
1.66 Shaw University
Wake Technical Community College
Johnston Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Vance-Granville Community College
Louisburg College
Apex School of Theology
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University
MyComputerCareer-TechSkills - Raleigh
Living Arts College
ITT Technical Institute - Cary
Aveda Institute - Chapel Hill
The Chef's Academy - Morrisville
Strayer University - North Carolina
Watts School of Nursing
The Medical Arts School
Paul Mitchell the School - Raleigh

Around Raleigh

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
White 53.07% 63.25% 64.88% 63.04% 36.32% 44.40% 38.43% 27.43% 44.29%
African American 29.06% 12.23% 21.14% 19.91% 52.94% 34.45% 39.53% 62.80% 41.60%
Hispanic 11.24% 16.62% 8.55% 10.16% 5.34% 13.28% 13.94% 6.44% 6.89%
Asian 4.31% 4.83% 2.27% 4.54% 3.62% 5.17% 4.76% 1.66% 3.29%
Multiracial 1.73% 2.05% 1.85% 1.78% 1.48% 2.14% 2.69% 1.43% 3.05%
Other 0.33% 0.19% 0.18% 0.30% 0.15% 0.24% 0.29% 0.08% 0.36%
Native American 0.20% 0.66% 1.08% 0.25% 0.13% 0.26% 0.33% 0.13% 0.35%
Pacific Islander 0.06% 0.16% 0.05% 0.03% 0.03% 0.06% 0.03% 0.03% 0.18%

Age

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
9 years and under 14% 13% 13% 14% 11% 15% 14% 14% 13%
10 to 17 years 9% 11% 11% 11% 8% 10% 9% 11% 8%
18 to 24 years 14% 10% 10% 9% 15% 10% 12% 11% 20%
25 to 34 years 18% 13% 13% 14% 20% 18% 19% 15% 18%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14% 16% 15% 16% 14% 13% 11%
45 to 54 years 12% 14% 14% 15% 12% 13% 12% 13% 12%
55 to 64 years 9% 12% 12% 10% 10% 10% 10% 11% 10%
65 and over 9% 13% 13% 9% 10% 9% 9% 11% 9%

Education Levels

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Less than a high school diploma 10% 14% 15% 10% 12% 12% 13% 17% 14%
High school diploma or equivalent 16% 28% 27% 20% 20% 20% 16% 29% 27%
Some college or associate degree 26% 29% 31% 28% 21% 28% 24% 29% 34%
Bachelor's degree 32% 18% 18% 28% 27% 27% 25% 15% 15%
Master's degree or higher 16% 11% 9% 14% 19% 13% 22% 9% 10%

Gender

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Male 48.2% 49.2% 48.7% 48.9% 49.6% 48.0% 47.2% 47.7% 52.0%
Female 51.8% 50.8% 51.3% 51.1% 50.4% 52.0% 52.8% 52.3% 48.0%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Rent 46.4% 35.1% 33.6% 33.3% 54.6% 43.7% 49.5% 48.9% 55.5%
Own 53.6% 64.9% 66.4% 66.7% 45.4% 56.3% 50.5% 51.1% 44.5%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Assault 230.1 278.9 294.3 164.0 657.4 358.0 1094.7 340.5
Murder 2.8 5.0 5.8 2.2 18.6 7.0 18.9 11.3
Rape 18.4 15.3 23.3 27.5 66.4 54.2
Robbery 141.0 159.8 154.0 94.5 523.9 215.5 476.4 167.4

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Burglary 735.9 573.5 1001.2 582.8 1316.6 768.7 1798.0 824.5
Larceny 2162.7 2079.6 2872.0 1943.0 3804.3 2659.1 3846.0 3237.3
Motor vehicle theft 164.3 235.5 188.4 118.5 982.7 221.6 408.1 310.1

Income

Weather

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Precipitation
3.9"
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    Precipitation

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    Avg. Temps

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  • 3.9"
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Resident Opinions

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 6 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate this area on the following topics:     Based on 6 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Quality of life
  • Things to do and see
  • The people

How likely are you to still be in this area in:     Based on 6 responses

Very unlikely
Very likely
  • 1 year
  • 5 years
  • 10 years
  • 20 years
  • Forever

How would you describe the local atmosphere of the area where you live?     Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 29% Usually plenty of things to do, but there is some down time.
  • 14% There are occasionally fun things to do, but it can get boring around here.
  • 14% There is never anything to do.

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Yes
  • 33% Not sure
  • 17% No

In terms of overall quality of life, how would you rank this neighborhood compared to other neighborhoods in the area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Top 1%
  • 17% Top 5%
  • 0% Top 10%
  • 17% Top 25%
  • 33% Top 50%
  • 33% Bottom 50%

In terms of overall quality of life, how would you rank the area you live in comparison to everywhere else in the country?     Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Top 1%
  • 17% Top 5%
  • 0% Top 10%
  • 33% Top 25%
  • 50% Top 50%
  • 0% Bottom 50%

In general, has this area become a better or worse place to live since you first moved there?     Based on 6 responses

  • 17% Significantly better
  • 33% Slightly better
  • 33% Same
  • 17% Slightly worse
  • 0% Significantly worse

What one word or phrase best describes this area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Happening
  • 33% Interesting
  • 17% Moderately quiet college area.

What one word or phrase best describes this metro area?     Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Metro area?! I road miles before I seen the bus
  • 40% Busy
  • 20% Moderate

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 17% I love everything about it.
  • 33% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 50% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

In this metro area, is it better to live in the city or in the suburbs?     Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Definitely better to live within the city
  • 67% Definitely better to live within the suburbs
  • 33% There isn't a major difference.

In this metro area, what are the advantages to living within the city limits as opposed to the suburbs?     Based on 6 responses

  • 57% Easy access to anything you need
  • 43% Easy to catch the buses

What are the best things about the area where you live?     Based on 6 responses

  • 57% I like that so many things are in walking distance
  • 43% There are many things to do

What are the worst things about the area where you live?     Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Nothing bad about living here
  • 20% Canadian geese leave waste throughout the yards.

What are the best things about this metro area?     Based on 6 responses

  • 33% How much everyone cares about the environment
  • 33% There are many free museums.
  • 17% The fresh air
  • 17% Lot to do and places to go