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Raleigh Just Named #2 America's Fastest Growing Cities by Forbes

   Known as the City of Oaks because of all the Oak trees that line the streets.It's the second largest city in the state of North Carolina. Raleigh, one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.
POPULATION: Raleigh (2013): 431,746; Wake County (2013): 974,289; Raleigh MSA (2013): 1,214,516
You will probably remember from your history studies that Raleigh is named after The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony, lots of history in this area!
On the walk score, Raleigh ranks in the top 50 in the country for best walking city! Last time I looked it was #36.

The City of Oaks covers an area of 144.8 square miles which  makes Raleigh currently the 42rd largest city in the Nation.  Raleigh along with Durham and Cary has a combined population of over 1,125,827,and those numbers make this area,the nation's fastest growing metropolitan area.
Raleigh has several different areas, like Five Points, Oakwood, Hillsborough, North Central, Central Raleigh and Mordecai to name a few. The Mordecai district is the place where Andrew Johnson was born....the 17th President of the United States.

Here is a recent (Mar 20,2013) Triangle Business Journal article by "The Raleigh metro area is the fastest-growing city in the country since 2000, according to census data. Most recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released data comparing metro growth from 2010 to 2012, but when comparing data going back to 2000, Raleigh has grown faster than any other city in the nation. Forbes analyzed national data and published a list of the fastest-growing cities. Raleigh has grown by an astonishing 47.8 percent since that time, something that won’t come as a surprise to those who lived here in the late 1990s."

  The N.C. State Capitol, built between 1833 and 1840, is one of the best preserved examples of Greek Revival style architecture. And yes, you are welcome to visit, they offer free tours and  have special events throughout the year.
Take a stroll through one of Raleigh's museums or art galleries. There's the NC Museum of Art with over 5,000 works of art  (and a great restaurant) free admission too,or a number of unique restaurants, one of my favorites, The Pit, Mmmmmmm barbeque. Stay up and enjoy  late-night clubs or cheer on your team at any number of the area's sports events including basketball, hockey, baseball , tennis or professional soccer. Raleigh is fun, engaging, active growing city. Keep your eye on the City of Oaks, its roots are spreading!
Oakwood Historic Tour is a wonderful way to spend the day in late November, early December, exploring some of Raleigh's first homes in the historic Oakwood area. There are two wonderful Bed and Breakfast in the area,
the historic Oakwood Inn and Cameron Park Inn.  
Cameron Village and downtown Raleigh’s various attractions are located within walking distance of both inns.

Speaking of walking, take a morning or afternoon to enjoy the Five Points area. Its known for unique antique stores, restaurants and shops.FYI- Five Points got its name because there are five residential neighborhoods that connect at the centre.
In the centre of Raleigh you will find Fayetteville Street,  with wonderful restaurants, stores etc. There is always something going on at Raleigh's Convention Center.
Duke Energy Center hosts Off Broadway plays and concerts. 
Here are some more  places you might want to spend a day at Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum, Marbles Kids Museum,Mordecai Historic Park, Historic Yates Mill, North Carolina State Legislative Building, North Carolina Executive Mansion, Artspace,North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, Pullen Arts Center, Seratoma Arts Center,JC Raulston Arboretum

You might enjoy reading about the accolades Raleigh has received over the past few years.
Accolades for this Area 
Among World's 300 Largest Metropolitan Economies in 2014 (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
#3 Among Best Metro Areas for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Professionals (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub, 
Among Cities to Watch in 2015 (Raleigh) - Urbanful, 

2014 Reader's Choice Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - ConventionSouth, December 2014
#9 Among The Best Airports in America: Readers' Choice Awards 2014 (RDU International Airport) - Condé Nast Traveler, November 
Among 2014 Award of Excellence Winners (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Corporate & Incentive Travel, November 2014
#7 Among America's Smartest Cities (Raleigh) - Forbes, November 2014
Among The 50 Best Things To Eat Right Now: Chocolate to Die For (Videri Chocolate Factory, Raleigh) - GQ, November 2014
#3 Among Best U.S. Cities for College Students - Mid-Size Metros (Raleigh-Cary) - American Institute for Economic Research, 
#8 Among 50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboreta (J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, Raleigh) - 
#8 Among America's 50 Best Cities to Live (Cary) - 24/7 Wall St., September 2014
#2 Among 2014's Most Educated Cities (Raleigh MSA) -WalletHub, 
#1 Among The U.S. Cities Attracting The Most Families (Raleigh MSA) - Forbes
#3 Among Best Up-and-Coming Cities for Art and Culture (Raleigh) - Women's Health, 
#2 Among America's 15 Best Cities for Young Professionals (Raleigh) - Forbes, 
Among 100 Best Restaurants in the South (Poole's Diner, Raleigh) - Southern Living, 
Among 100 Best Restaurants in the South (Stanbury, Raleigh) - Southern Living, 
Among America's Coolest Cities 2014 (Raleigh) - Forbes, 
#4 Among Top 10 Happiest Metropolitan Areas (Raleigh) - University of British Columbia, 
#1 Among The Best Places for Business and Careers 2014 (Raleigh) - Forbes, 
Among South's Secret Havens for Healthcare Groups (Cary) - ConventionSouth,
#3 Among 50 Top Swim Cities (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) - USA Swimming, 
Among The 20 Best College Traditions in the U.S. (Krispy Kreme Challenge, Raleigh) - Business Insider, 
#3 Among 10 Least Stressed Out Cities (Raleigh) - CNNMoney, 
#3 Among 13 Music Festivals You Should Actually Attend This Summer (Hopscotch, Raleigh) - The Huffington Post, 
Among 2014 Playful City U.S.A. Communities (Garner) - KaBOOM!, 
Among 10 Best City Art Districts Around the U.S.A. (Warehouse District, Raleigh) - USA TODAY, 
Named Best Chef in the Southeast (Ashley Christensen) - James Beard Foundation, 
Among Three N.C. String Towns, places to hear and play traditional tunes (Raleigh) - Our State, 
Among Summer 2014's 40 Must-See Music Festivals (Hopscotch, Raleigh) - Rolling Stone, 
2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) - Institute of Museum and Library Services, April 2014 
#7 Among North America's Top 10 Regional Airports (RDU International Airport) - Skytrax, 
#3 Among 10 Fastest Growing Cities (Raleigh) - CNNMoney, March 2014
Among South's Best Destination Apps/Mobile Sites (Greater Raleigh CVB) - ConventionSouth, 
Among 15 Themed Races That You'll Actually Want To Run (Krispy Kreme Challenge, Raleigh) - BuzzFeed, March 2014
Among Dining in 50 States: Top Restaurants Worth Traveling For (Lucky 32, Cary) - FlipKey, March 2014
Among 14 Most Transformational Wellness Destinations Around the World (The Umstead Spa, Cary) - Town & Country, 
#6 Among Top 10 U.S. Value Destinations (Raleigh) - Hotwire, 
#5 Among Eight Emerging Tech Hubs You Should Pay Attention To (Raleigh) - TransferWise, 
#2 Among America's 20 Fastest-Growing Cities (Raleigh) - Forbes, 
#13 Among The 15 U.S. Cities that are Driving the Future (Raleigh-
#14 Among 50 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World (James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Raleigh) - Best Value Schools, 
#9 Among U.S. Regions to Watch in 2014 (Raleigh) - Forbes,  

Local Magazines Links
Walter Magazine 
Midtown Magazine
Triangle Downtowner Magazine
Raleigh Skirt Magazine
Raleigh Citizen

Places to go Inside the beltline (ITB)

Cameron Village
City Market  Downtown, dining, shopping, art galleries........make sure to stop by on First Friday across from Moore Square
Duke Energy Center
Raleigh Convention Center

Great Breakfast/Brunch places

Winstons Grill
Big Ed's City Market
Courtney’s Restaurant  (no website yet)
Twisted Fork, Triangle Town Center
Simply Crepes    Mmmmmmmm
Hibernian Pub

News New Stores coming to Cameron Village.http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2014/02/12/more-fashion-restaurant-moves-for.html?ana=fbk

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