Raleigh

568 reviews
  1. City in North Carolina
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Real Estate
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$205,200
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$914
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    230
    264
  • Murder
    3
    5
  • Rape
    18
    37
  • Robbery
    141
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    736
    575
  • Theft
    2,163
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164
    257

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$54,581
National
$53,046
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    14%

Reviews

568 reviews
  • Excellent
    102
  • Very Good
    253
  • Average
    197
  • Poor
    13
  • Terrible
    3
Raleigh is a relatively safe city with ample job opportunities and many college-aged residents. Housing costs are reasonable but increasing at a steady rate based on the continuous influx of new residents due to colleges and jobs in the RTP area. There are many greenway trails and parks that provide space for exercise, especially for runners and cyclists. Raleigh is home to a great community college system as well as a great university system including North Carolina State University, Meredith College, St. Augustine's University, and Peace College. The restaurant scene is growing at a steady rate as well and cuisine from all around the world can be found downtown and throughout the city. Many parks and green spaces are dispersed throughout the system and the transit system is widespread throughout the city creating ease of access to all points within a five mile vicinity of downtown.
  • Current Resident
  • 23 hours ago
I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, this a a very up-to-date city. The public means of public transportation have even been redesigned and buffed out! The city is full of all different cultural backgrounds but the one that you will see most often is Caucasian. Over the years of living here I've discovered things that i love and things that i see and cant help but to ask " is humanity really this far off the rocker?!" You will love the state fair fireworks that grace the sky every night October 15-26. The farmers market and a clean eaters dream! All of the beautiful trails, ponds, and lakes will give you that little push to get out everyday. Even with the great scenery and food Raleigh still has a ways to go before their considered great in my book. This is the south, so there is a lot of institutionalized racism. I have to acknowledge my generation for being the total opposite of what or parents and grandparents where. We are free, loving, accepting, and artistic and it shows on all the street art around the city. Raleigh is also jammed packed with musical talents, as well as plenty of underrated artist. So would i choose Raleigh again; maybe but with a understanding of all people and MORE GREAT FOOD!
  • Niche User
  • Nov 8 2015
Raleigh was in a serious need of a change and its finally starting to move towards making some of those changes. It was slow to catch on but is finally making an effort to move forward. Though its downtown night life has recently taken a hit though its ordinances, many locations have found ways to work around those to ensure their customers experiences. It's late night parking decks were once free on nights and weekends, but have recently began charging a fee to park, however, the on-street parking still remains free after a certain time during the week nights. Their police department isn't the friendliest, even to those who follow the law. Hopscotch Music Festival is one of Raleigh's biggest highlights, great atmosphere, allowing you to experience many different genres of music, and get a feel for many local venues and stops.
  • Former Resident
  • 3 months ago