Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill – North Carolina
Raleigh (the capital of North Carolina), Durham and Chapel Hill make up the three primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. Raleigh’s North Carolina State University (NCSU), along with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and Duke University in Durham, form the intellectual nucleus of the Research Triangle.
With a superior system of local parks and lakes, easy access to the ocean and the mountains and a moderate climate, all of which encourage year-round outdoor activities, the area has prospered and become the best place for retirement. High-caliber health care services are offered by the many physicians who trained at the state’s several top-rated medical colleges.
Cultural activity abounds with a major symphony orchestra, an art museum with an outstanding collection of European and American paintings and the world’s premier modern dance festival. Downtown Raleigh is home to historic neighborhoods and buildings such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel built in the early 20th century, the restored City Market, North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State Capitol. The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts complex houses a number of entertainment venues. Theater performances are also offered at the Raleigh Little Theatre, Long View Center, Theatre In The Park and the Stewart Theater at North Carolina State University. Raleigh is home to several professional arts organizations, including the North Carolina Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina, Burning Coal Theatre Company, the North Carolina Theatre, Broadway Series South and the Carolina Ballet.
An obsession with sports has been one of the most distinctive features of the area’s culture and is fueled by the rivalry among North Carolina’s four ACC teams: the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Duke Blue Devils, the NC State Wolfpack and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes franchise is the only professional sports team in the area.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Higher education plays an important role throughout the area, which boasts twelve colleges and universities. With over 30,000 students, NCSU is the state’s largest university. UNC-CH is the flagship of the North Carolina state system and has a full-time enrollment of 28,916. Duke University, a private university, has an enrollment of 13,870.
The area offers world-class care and state-of-the art health care technology, in part due to the proximity of nearby pharmaceutical, nursing and medical schools at UNC-CH and Duke University. As part of the Duke University Health System, the Duke Health Raleigh Hospital has a 186-bed acute care facility. Located within 30 miles of the city are a Veteran’s Administration Hospital and Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, as well as North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.
The City of Durham celebrated 30 years and counting of recognition as a national ‘Tree City USA’ from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The City of Raleigh has been honored by the North Carolina League of Municipalities for its commitment to efficient, energy-saving operations and practices. Green NC highlights alternative fuels and renewable energy sources, locally grown foods, recycling, water conservation and other ways consumers can be environmentally friendly. The Raleigh City Council’s most recent actions involve pledging to reduce the city’s fossil fuel consumption by 20 percent over the next five years.