Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    395,091
  • Population Density
    2,725 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    145 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    260 3.7
Raleigh is a large city in North Carolina with 395,091 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 260 reviews
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    • 4
    Public Services at Raleigh: We have many services in our area that function well, though they do require higher taxes.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Raleigh: "Good areas" are safe while bad areas are, in the same way most cities are.
    • 3
    Weather at Raleigh: In terms of natural disasters, they aren't really a problem here. On the other than, the temperate climate is very temperamental.
    • 4
    Food & Drink at Raleigh: As long as you are willing to look there are tons of options for both food and drink.
    • 3
    Employment at Raleigh: There are a lot of big companies and R&D foundations in my area, but because there are three major universities in my area it seems impossible for someone without a B.A. or B.S. to get a job.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Neuse Township 71,330
4.33 House Creek Township 55,358
4.00 Meredith Township 14,850
4.33 Bartons Creek Township 22,562
4.00 St. Matthews Township 65,365
4.33 Leesville Township 41,588
4.33 Knightdale 10,939
4.00 St. Marys Township 57,685
4.00 Swift Creek Township 46,644
4.00 Garner 25,198
4.00 Wake Forest Township 62,730
4.33 Wake Forest 28,132
4.33 New Light Township 7,140
4.33 Cedar Fork Township 37,711
4.00 Carr Township 2,325
4.33 Cary 131,631
3.66 Durham 224,930
4.00 Triangle Township 93,070

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Durham 224,930
3.66 Charlotte 722,234
2.66 Norfolk 241,943
2.00 Memphis 652,123
3.00 Atlanta 419,250

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 27610 65,606
4.00 27616 44,014
3.66 27603 43,601
3.66 27606 42,590
4.33 27613 42,346
4.00 27529 40,949
4.33 27615 40,404
4.00 27604 40,384
4.00 27612 34,520
4.00 27609 32,336
4.33 27614 30,804
4.00 27607 27,367
4.00 27545 22,170
4.33 27560 20,828
4.33 27617 13,957
4.33 27608 10,301
2.66 27601 8,781
4.00 27605 4,725

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
3.66 Wake County Schools 170
2.66 Durham Public Schools 56

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 53.67% 64.16% 65.65% 63.88% 36.29% 46.19% 38.75% 28.18% 44.47%
African American 29.27% 12.21% 21.15% 19.95% 53.63% 33.87% 39.79% 62.39% 42.40%
Hispanic 10.81% 16.05% 8.11% 9.79% 5.01% 12.58% 13.43% 6.20% 6.45%
Asian 4.35% 4.67% 2.12% 4.26% 3.29% 4.91% 4.77% 1.68% 3.44%
Multiracial 1.32% 1.85% 1.61% 1.52% 1.37% 1.79% 2.65% 1.30% 2.37%
Other 0.33% 0.21% 0.18% 0.30% 0.20% 0.30% 0.34% 0.08% 0.29%
Native American 0.21% 0.66% 1.09% 0.25% 0.15% 0.28% 0.18% 0.10% 0.37%
Pacific Islander 0.01% 0.15% 0.04% 0% 0.01% 0.05% 0.04% 0.03% 0.17%

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% 15% 12% 15% 14% 15% 13%
10 to 17 years 9% 11% 11% 11% 8% 11% 9% 12% 8%
18 to 24 years 14% 10% 10% 9% 14% 10% 13% 11% 19%
25 to 34 years 18% 13% 13% 15% 19% 18% 19% 15% 17%
35 to 44 years 15% 14% 14% 16% 15% 16% 14% 13% 12%
45 to 54 years 12% 15% 14% 14% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12%
55 to 64 years 8% 12% 12% 10% 9% 9% 9% 11% 9%
65 and over 8% 13% 13% 9% 10% 8% 9% 10% 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 9% 15% 16% 10% 13% 12% 14% 18% 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 17% 29% 28% 20% 21% 20% 17% 30% 29%
Some college or associate degree 27% 29% 30% 28% 20% 28% 23% 29% 31%
Bachelor's degree 31% 18% 18% 28% 28% 27% 26% 14% 15%
Master's degree or higher 16% 10% 9% 14% 18% 13% 21% 9% 10%

Gender

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Male 48.4% 49.2% 48.7% 48.9% 49.7% 48.3% 46.9% 47.6% 51.5%
Female 51.6% 50.8% 51.3% 51.1% 50.3% 51.7% 53.1% 52.4% 48.5%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Rent 45.2% 33.9% 32.2% 31.8% 53.0% 41.3% 49.1% 47.3% 53.6%
Own 54.8% 66.1% 67.8% 68.2% 47.0% 58.7% 50.9% 52.7% 46.4%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Assault 234.2 280.9 323.6 188.7 813.4 391.5 429.2 1151.7 298.4
Murder 4.0 5.6 6.0 3.0 19.0 6.4 8.9 20.2 13.9
Rape 26.9 29.2 25.3 22.1 25.9 27.6 26.7 63.9 30.6
Robbery 158.1 150.7 165.9 123.6 520.8 222.4 261.1 514.4 200.2

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Burglary 721.8 718.3 1153.5 606.5 1416.8 959.9 1394.1 1912.7 921.7
Larceny 2332.9 2276.2 3067.1 2009.9 3938.3 2806.2 2670.6 3948.5 3425.6
Motor vehicle theft 221.4 275.5 220.9 177.0 1178.4 264.4 298.9 451.6 296.4

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
51°
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55°
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39°
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48°
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82°
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54°
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Precipitation
3.9"
3.3"
4.3"
2.9"
3.7"
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4.3"
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4.4"
3.6"
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  • 3.9"
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  • 2"
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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