Raleigh has consistently ranked in the top five of best places to live and work in the country. In September 2011, Raleigh was ranked the number one city to live by Business Week. Located in the Piedmont section of the state, the capitol city resides in the center of the Triangle along with Durham and Chapel Hill. Having moderate weather, Raleigh is only two hours from the Atlantic Ocean and Outer Banks, which have been ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in the country by numerous national sources such as U.S. News. Three hours west of Raleigh lies the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Great Smokey’s only a little further west.
NC State anchors the Research Triangle region, home of many of the country’s leading Fortune 500 companies. It is also surrounded by three other leading research universities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. With a plethora of leading research and technology institutions only minutes away, the area leads way for a collaborative, supportive environment for business and innovation and collaborative opportunities of the University.
Raleigh is both welcoming to families and individuals alike, with both living and work opportunities not seen anywhere else.