Raleigh, NC - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    423,287
  • Population Density
    2,855 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    145 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    502 3.7
Raleigh is a large city in North Carolina with 423,287 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 502 reviews
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    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Raleigh: My neighborhood has definitely gotten a lot safer than it used to be. I am very grateful for that. When I was younger I would walk to school and at times I felt uneasy. I was not walking by myself so I felt a little safer but I still was not comfortable with the neighborhood.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Raleigh: My neighborhood is an okay neighborhood. It definitely isn't the safest neighborhood but it isn't the worst either. I feel comfortable enough to walk around in my neighborhood.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Raleigh: I don't feel unsafe walking around alone in my neighborhood. The houses all look relatively the same and are kept looking nice, although there are some that haven't been taken care of as much. It's never anything serious like a car being buried in the front yard or vines taking over a house, but some lawns aren't as well kept or some shrubbery is overgrown, but it's not an eyesore.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Raleigh: This is a great area if you are a young family or an older couple, as that is what makes up the majority of the residence. There are not many teenagers, and there aren't many neighborhood events. Everyone just keeps to themselves and are not social. We lived there for almost 5 years and we never knew our neighbors, and it's not for lack of trying. However, there are many places outside of the neighborhood where you can meet and hang out with people, like local restaurants and bars.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Raleigh: There's little to no crime in this area I did see someone get arrested once in the complex, but who knows what it was for.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Neuse Township 76,166
4.33 House Creek Township 57,660
4.33 Meredith Township 14,575
4.00 Bartons Creek Township 22,650
4.00 St. Matthews Township 71,662
4.33 Leesville Township 43,334
4.33 Knightdale 12,692
4.00 St. Marys Township 61,684
4.33 Swift Creek Township 53,505
4.00 Garner 26,723
Wake Forest Township 71,810
4.00 Wake Forest 33,319
3.66 New Light Township 7,823
4.33 Cedar Fork Township 44,379
3.66 Carr Township 2,935
4.33 Cary 146,041
4.00 Durham 240,107
4.33 Triangle Township 99,573

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Durham 240,107
4.33 Charlotte 774,807
3.33 Norfolk 244,745
3.33 Memphis 656,715
4.00 Atlanta 440,641

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Raleigh Charter High School Public, Charter, Coed 9-12 High
3.00 Endeavor Charter School Public, Charter, Coed K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.66 Exploris Middle School Public, Charter, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.66 Panther Creek High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
3.66 Franklin Academy Public, Charter, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Magellan Charter School Public, Charter, Coed 3-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Sterling Montessori Academy Public, Charter, Coed PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.00 Lead Mine Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
2.66 Central Park School for Children Public, Charter, Coed K-5 Elementary
2.66 Hilburn Drive Academy Public, Coed K-7 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Davis Drive Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.66 Leesville Road High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
3.00 Carnage Middle School Public, Magnet, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.00 Brassfield Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
2.66 River Bend Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Ligon Middle School Public, Magnet, Coed 6-8 Middle
2.66 Harris Creek Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
2.66 West Lake Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
2.66 Casa Esperanza Montessori School Public, Charter, Coed K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.00 Leesville Road Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.00 Joyner Elementary School Public, Magnet, Coed K-5 Elementary
2.66 Olds Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
2.66 Wakefield Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.00 Wiley Elementary School Public, Magnet, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.33 Wake Early College of Health & Sciences Public, Coed 9-12 High

Top Private Schools

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

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Duke University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina State University
Meredith College
Campbell University
North Carolina Central University
William Peace University
Saint Augustine's University
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 53.95% 63.25% 64.56% 63.04% 36.41% 43.90% 38.28% 27.43% 44.08%
African American 28.52% 12.23% 21.15% 19.91% 52.39% 34.42% 39.89% 62.61% 41.50%
Hispanic 10.91% 16.62% 8.70% 10.16% 5.56% 13.43% 13.95% 6.54% 7.09%
Asian 4.28% 4.83% 2.36% 4.54% 3.76% 5.52% 4.73% 1.69% 3.31%
Multiracial 1.70% 2.05% 1.89% 1.78% 1.56% 2.24% 2.51% 1.46% 3.16%
Other 0.32% 0.19% 0.19% 0.30% 0.17% 0.19% 0.26% 0.10% 0.30%
Native American 0.22% 0.66% 1.09% 0.25% 0.12% 0.24% 0.34% 0.14% 0.37%
Pacific Islander 0.09% 0.16% 0.06% 0.03% 0.02% 0.06% 0.05% 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 13% 13% 13% 14% 11% 15% 14% 14% 13%
10 to 17 years 9% 11% 11% 11% 7% 10% 9% 11% 8%
18 to 24 years 14% 10% 10% 9% 15% 10% 12% 11% 19%
25 to 34 years 18% 13% 13% 14% 20% 17% 19% 15% 18%
35 to 44 years 15% 13% 14% 16% 15% 15% 14% 13% 11%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 14% 15% 12% 13% 12% 13% 12%
55 to 64 years 9% 12% 12% 10% 10% 10% 10% 12% 10%
65 and over 9% 13% 14% 9% 10% 9% 10% 11% 10%

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% 14% 15% 10% 12% 12% 13% 17% 13%
High school diploma or equivalent 16% 28% 27% 20% 20% 19% 16% 30% 27%
Some college or associate degree 27% 29% 31% 28% 22% 28% 24% 29% 34%
Bachelor's degree 31% 18% 18% 28% 27% 28% 25% 16% 15%
Master's degree or higher 16% 11% 10% 14% 20% 13% 22% 9% 10%

Gender

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Female 51.9% 50.8% 51.3% 51.1% 50.5% 52.1% 52.6% 52.3% 47.9%
Male 48.1% 49.2% 48.7% 48.9% 49.5% 47.9% 47.4% 47.7% 52.1%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Raleigh, NC United States North Carolina Raleigh Metro Area Atlanta, GA Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Memphis, TN Norfolk, VA
Own 53.2% 64.9% 65.8% 66.7% 44.1% 55.4% 49.9% 49.9% 43.7%
Rent 46.8% 35.1% 34.2% 33.3% 55.9% 44.6% 50.1% 50.1% 56.3%

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 230.1 264.1 306.5 164.0 661.1 374.7 434.9 1141.0 297.5
Murder 2.8 5.2 6.7 2.2 20.5 5.5 8.4 21.4 12.5
Rape 18.4 36.8 22.4 33.2 24.5 29.2 76.5 49.4
Robbery 141.0 135.0 142.4 94.5 512.6 185.1 261.9 501.6 158.7

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 735.9 575.0 908.2 582.8 1203.9 703.8 1462.3 1748.4 531.0
Larceny 2162.7 2114.0 2820.7 1943.0 3631.0 2663.9 2744.1 3785.3 3182.8
Motor vehicle theft 164.3 257.3 180.8 118.5 912.5 199.2 232.2 454.3 203.6

Income

Weather

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Precipitation
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    Precipitation

  • 3.9"
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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 50 responses

  • 78% Yes
  • 18% Not sure
  • 4% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 116 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 the public services in this area:     Based on 100 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 110 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 110 responses

  • 21% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 47% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 27% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 5% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 40 responses

  • 41% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 15% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 128 responses

  • 31% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 58% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 11% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 0% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 32 responses

  • 28% I love everything about it.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 59 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments