Nicknamed the City of Oaks, Raleigh is the state capital for North Carolina and is America’s eleventh-most highly populated state capital city.
Guinness World Records points to The Raleigh Beer Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina as having the most beer brands (203) available on tap. That world record was officially verified on November 21, 2015.
Raleigh serves as headquarters for four large corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies: utility holding company Progress Energy; construction resources supplier Martin Marietta Materials; regional bank holding firm First Citizens BancShares; and open source software provider Red Hat.
North Carolina shipped U$29.9 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value North Carolinian exports are civilian aircraft, antisera and blood products, drugs and medicines, aircraft parts, tobacco, chemical woodpulp, semi-trailer road tractors, cotton yarn and solar power semi-conductor devices according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Raleigh was 4.2% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Raleigh, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Carter Finley Stadium, Joel Lane Museum House, Mordecai Historic Park, Museum of Natural Sciences, PNC Arena, Reynolds Coliseum and the Videri Chocolate Factory
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Raleigh, United States:
- John Wall, professional NBA basketball all-star (born Sep. 6, 1990)
- Clay Aitken, pop singer (born Nov. 30, 1978)
- Josh Hamilton, professional MLB baseball all-star (born May 21, 1981)
- Anne Henning, Olympic speed-skating gold medalist (born Sep. 6, 1955)
- Louis Bacon, hedge fund founder & billionaire entrepreneur (born Jul. 25, 1956)
- Chris Archer, professional MLB baseball pitcher (born Sep. 26, 1988)
- Webb Simpson, 2012 U.S. Open-winning golfer (born Aug. 6, 1985)
- PJ Tucker, professional NBA basketball player (born May 5, 1985)
- Tim Sweeney, Epic Games video game developer (born Dec. 1970)
- Emily Wolfe, rock singer (born May 11, 1990)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Raleigh resident: Raleighite
Population: 451,066 (Raleigh city limits)
Density: 3,159 people per square mile (1,222 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,337,331 (Raleigh metropolitan area)
Density: 623 people per square mile (240 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$75.756 billion as of March 2015 (Raleigh metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $56,647
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Raleigh: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 26, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Guinness World Records, Most different beer brands on tap. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Raleigh official website. Accessed on May 26, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 26, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 26, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 26, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Raleigh city flag. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikipedia, North Carolina. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Wikipedia, Raleigh, North Carolina. Accessed on May 26, 2017
Within city limits, Raleigh occupies 142.8 square miles (369 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 451,066 Raleighites in 2016.
Including the city of Raleigh plus its surrounding rural municipalities, cities and towns, the Raleigh metropolitan area has a land area of 2,147.78 square miles (5,562.72 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.337 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Raleigh’s population density is 3,159 residents per square mile (1,222 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Raleigh metropolitan area with an average 623 inhabitants per square mile (240 per square kilometer).
Raleighites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.