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Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city's 2011 estimated population was 416,468, over an area of 142.8 square miles (370 km2), making Raleigh currently the 42nd most populous city in the United States. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in present-day Dare County, North Carolina.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of "The Triangle" originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, primarily located in Durham County, roughly midway between the cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and three major research universities of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina. As of 2012 Census Estimate the population of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill CSA was 1,998,808. The Raleigh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as of 2012 Census Estimate was 1,188,564.

Happening Now

Fortify project to limit lanes on I-40 East in Raleigh

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:00:24 -0400

Fortify projectCrews working on Raleigh's Fortify project on Interstate 40 plan to shift traffic Friday night in the eastbound lanes to three outside lanes, allowing room for work to rebuild the inside lanes. The net result is two fewer travel lanes between U.S. Highway 1 to Lake Wheeler Road.

Matthews couple awaits jury decision

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:54:00 -0400

Dr. Charles Matthews and Kimberly MatthewsAfter a week in court, Dr. Charles and Kimberly Matthews are at the mercy of a Wake County jury, who will decide whether the couple will be held criminally responsible for supplying alcohol to minors at a June 2014 wedding.

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:30:26 -0400

Malaysia IOC Olympics 2022 VoteBeijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:30:26 -0400

Malaysia IOC Olympics 2022 VoteBeijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.

Medlin: Imagining an all-North Carolinian MLB team

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:49:34 -0400

Tigers Rays BaseballShort on hitting, deep on pitching, an all Old North State MLB team would need to play small-ball and win low-scoring games.

Jenner Olympic Torch fetches $24,000 at auction

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:40:27 -0400

Sports Memorabilia AuctionThe 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, sold for just under $24,000 at an auction of sports memorabilia Thursday.

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