Raleigh is the state capital and the second-largest city in North Carolina after Charlotte. One of the fastest-growing cities in the US, according to the US Census Bureau, the “City of Oaks” is an early example of a planned city, in a grid pattern centered around the North Carolina State Capitol Building in Union Square. Home to North Carolina State University, Raleigh forms part of the Research Triangle that includes Durham and Chapel Hill. Major universities in the area include University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NC State.
Located near the renowned Research Triangle Park and the prestigious Duke Hospital in Durham, the Triangle area has grown significantly in science and technology areas since 1959. Today, it is a major destination for high-tech and bio-research companies, as well as advanced textile development businesses. With an industrial base that consists of financial services, medical, electrical, electronics, telecommunications equipment, food processing, clothing, and apparel, plus paper products and pharmaceuticals, Raleigh also acts as a major shipping point for the eastern part of North Carolina and is also a pivotal wholesale distributing point for the grocery industry.
Corporations headquartered in Raleigh include BB&T Insurances Services, First Citizens BancShares, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Carquest, Golden Corral, Martin Marietta Materials, Red Hat, Waste Industries and Lulu. Raleigh is home to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, a major east coast hub for national and international travel. Raleigh was ranked number one in Forbes 2015 list of best places for businesses and careers. Need any more reasons to grow your business in Raleigh and love doing it?