Moving to Raleigh NC? Here’s What You Need to Know

Raleigh NC Skyline

If you’re thinking of moving to Raleigh NC, you’ve chosen well! Raleigh is one of the hottest cities in the nation, and not just for the perfect summer weather. It’s got jobs, affordable new homes, tons of outdoor recreation, and some of the best educational institutions in the country. Whether you are relocating to Raleigh from another state, or just moving from a neighboring city, if you’re wondering if you should live here, the answer is a resounding YES! Check out this Raleigh relocation guide that covers many of the reasons to move to this dynamic city, and what you should know about the City of Oaks before you pack up the moving truck. Welcome to Raleigh!

Strong Job Market 

If you’re moving to Raleigh NC to advance your career, you have chosen one of the best job markets in the U.S. With future job growth prediction of 44% (a full 10 points higher than the national average), a plethora of tech companies moving to the area, and lower than average unemployment, the scene is set for you to find a well-paying job in many industries. Top industries for new jobs in Raleigh include education, medicine, technology, biomedical sciences, data science, and engineering, to name a few. Top employers in Raleigh include Duke University and Health System, the State of North Carolina, Wake County Public School System, IBM Corporation, and WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Fortune 500 companies with offices in Raleigh include Bank of America, Cisco, Duke Energy, IBM, and IQVIA. Of course, the tech giants are here, too. Apple is investing $1 billion to establish a campus at Research Triangle Park, and Google Cloud has plans to create an engineering hub in Durham. 

Great Year-Round Weather

If you are moving to Raleigh NC from NYC, you’ll be pleased to know you’re heading for warmer, greener pastures! The “cold season” only lasts from about November to February, and even then average daily highs reach about 59°. It can get cool at night, with winter lows hovering around the freezing mark, but it’s still nothing compared to the ice and snow of the northeast. If you’re moving to Raleigh from Miami or another tropical climate, the winters will probably be refreshing, but you’ll also be happy to know that it gets hot! Summertime highs easily reach the upper 80s, and with the heat index it can feel much warmer. This weather is great, though, for the outdoor recreation that North Carolina is so well known for. 

Affordable, New Housing

Raleigh is a competitive housing market, that’s for sure. As of February 2022, home prices in Raleigh were up 25.8% compared to the same time last year, with a median sales price of $390,000. Homes stay on the market for about 33 days. But there is good news! There are still plenty of affordable new homes in Raleigh and many of its surrounding areas. 

Compared to markets like NYC, DC, Miami, Seattle, or San Francisco, you’re going to get a lot more house for your money in Raleigh. For example, Raleigh home prices are:

  • 59.7% less than in NYC
  • 50.8% less than in DC
  • 17% less than in Miami
  • 80.1% less than in San Francisco 

And since you’re still able to command a high salary in Raleigh, your dollars will stretch much further than in these other markets. 

There’s even more good news about buying a new home in Raleigh. Many of the areas surrounding the city’s core are just as in-demand as Raleigh proper. Suburbs like Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and Selma offer brand new housing options of many kinds, from spacious single-family homes to sleek townhomes, all within a reasonable commute of Downtown Raleigh and Research Triangle Park. New Home Inc. has new homes for sale in each of these desirable areas, all of which have unique charm and tons of attractions and activities of their own. 

Outdoor Recreation is another reason to move to Raleigh

If you don’t love fresh air and sunshine, Raleigh NC may not be for you! Seriously, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states in terms of natural landscapes, because we literally have it all. Whether you crave land, air, or water adventure, it’s all here, and it’s all accessible from Raleigh.  Raleigh itself is located in the Piedmont area of the state, so there are gently sloping hills that give way to the coastal plains to the east (and to beaches!), and there are famous mountain ranges to the north and west. That means that whichever type of outdoor recreation you love, it’s likely either within Raleigh, or just a short drive away. 

Within Raleigh itself, you’ve got 180 miles of greenway trails to bike, jog, or stroll, William B. Umstead State Park for hiking, cycling, camping, and fishing, and numerous city parks for picnicking, playing sports, or simply relaxing. There are at least seven other state parks just outside of the Triangle that offer amazing outdoor experiences in all seasons. Of course, we can’t forget all the dog parks in Raleigh for your four-legged friends to get some sun, fresh air, and exercise, too! 

Festival & Events All Year Long

From major festivals and events to cozy date nights, you’ll never run out of fun and interesting things to do in Raleigh. Raleigh’s climate is perfect for festivals, and you’ll find plenty of them all year long! Some of the largest are Tacos ‘N Taps, Dreamville Festival, Brewgaloo, N.C. Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival, Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, Apex PeakFest, Artsplosure, Animazement, Raleigh’s International Food Festival, and the list goes on! Of course, each neighborhood has its own lineup of events that celebrate local food, people, and holidays. There is truly something different to do every weekend of the year in Raleigh.

Location, Location, Location

If you’re moving to Raleigh NC from out of state, or your career takes you on the road (or in the air) often, Raleigh is perfectly positioned on the East Coast to get anywhere you need to, quickly. By plane from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, you can get to New York or Atlanta in about an hour and a half, to DC in just over an hour, and to Miami in about two hours. Raleigh’s access to six major highways means you can get to other cities within the region — like Greensboro, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Charlotte — with ease. 

Top-Tier Education

Did you know that Raleigh is one of the most educated cities in the U.S.? Not only does a high percentage of people have an undergraduate degree or higher, the Raleigh-Durham area is home to some of the world’s most prestigious universities and the nation’s best public schools. Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, and NC State are nationally ranked research institutions and are a leading factor in why so many global tech corporations establish offices in the area with the goal of attracting high-level talent. In terms of primary education, both Wake County Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are A-rated districts according to Niche.com. Access to high-quality education is a priority among Raleigh-area residents.

Choice of Great Communities & Suburbs

One of the great things about relocating to Raleigh is that there are so many areas to choose from. As you get farther away from Downtown Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, you’ll encounter less traffic, larger homes, and more affordable home prices. But you don’t have to sacrifice convenience or community character for it! New Home Inc. is currently developing new home communities in Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and Selma with new homes constantly being released! Join the VIP list to be the first to know when new single-family homes and townhomes in these areas are available.

The Finest Food & Craft Beer

Raleigh is a foodie and craft beer aficionado’s paradise. Many restaurants are locally owned and operated and have a farm-to-table focus, and the restaurant industry is a driving force of the local economy, providing jobs and careers for thousands. Whether you crave famous Carolina BBQ, traditional southern, or delicacies from around the world, you’ll find it right here in Raleigh. As popular as craft beer is across the nation, Raleigh has remained at the forefront of this booming scene. There are dozens of craft brew houses in Raleigh alone, with hundreds more within driving distance. Check out this complete listing from NCBeerGuys.com

Moving to Raleigh NC gives you Sports Galore

If you are moving from a sports town, you won’t miss a beat when you move to Raleigh NC. In fact, we may just make you a Carolina Hurricanes fan! Aside from NHL hockey, there are also professional men’s and women’s soccer teams, and six colleges and universities offering thrill-filled collegiate sports of all kinds. NC State’s Wolfpack basketball games are usually very popular.

If you’re thinking of moving to Raleigh, it might just be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. The next time you are here to scout the area, check out New Home Inc.’s new homes in the Raleigh area. With smart, healthy, and new single-family homes and townhomes being released regularly, you’re sure to find one you love.

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