Raleigh, North Carolina

00 raleigh capitol aerialRaleigh, North Carolina

  • North Carolina became a state November 21, 1789, the 12th state admitted to the Union.
  • Raleigh became state capital 1794
  • Settled: 1792
  • Name Origin: Named for Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) who sponsored Roanoke Colony

The town of Raleigh was laid out in 1792, after the Assembly decreed that a “seat of government” should be set up within 10 miles of Isaac Hunter’s Tavern. They sold lots for residences to help finance the building of the capitol.

After the Civil War, Carpetbaggers ruled the Assembly. They set up a bar in the capitol. You can still see nicks in the marble steps where they rolled the whiskey kegs up to chambers.

The North Carolina State Museum is in a beautiful park beside the capitol. Fifteen miles from Raleigh is Research Triangle Park, which serves Duke University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State.

Raleigh isn’t too far from the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Key Words: carpetbaggers, whiskey kegs, research, seashore

Things To Love About Raleigh

The shimmer wall and sturdy oak trees everywhere, the museums and plazas planned so logically for public use with the capitol center square, the pride in education, the taverns and reminders of the colonies, the British touch.

Blogs To Read About Raleigh

A Feather In My Cap http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=7700#more-7700

From Axe To Acts http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=7756

If I Were A Squirrel http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=7800

Sunday In The Park With George http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=7863

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 403,892, 11th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 2,826 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 142.9 square miles
  • Elevation: 363 feet, 28th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 51/31, July 90/70. Annual rainfall: 43 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Neuse River. Falls Lake
  • Mountains near: Appalachian Mountains. Mount Mitchell in the western part of the state is the highest point in North Carolina at 6,684 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Richmond, VA 154; Columbia, SC 228; Annapolis, MD 296
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 261

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 403,892          Population
  • 23.1%               Under 18
  • 8.2%                Over 65
  • 4.3%                Asian
  • 29.3%              Black
  • 11.4%               Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.5%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 53.3%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 17.8%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 90.7%              High School Graduate
  • 47.3%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 15.1%               Below Poverty Level
  • $30,377           Per Capita Income
  • $52,819           Median Household Income
  • $205,200        Median Value of Home
  • 54.8%              Home Ownership

City: http://www.raleighnc.gov/

Visitors:  http://www.visitraleigh.com/