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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

After year of repairs, Boylan Bridge Brewpub reopens

Mon, 29 May 2017 18:17:31 -0400

Boylan Bridge PubOne of downtown Raleigh's best warm weather spots has passed inspections and reopened on Memorial Day.

Balloon Fest neighbors wake up to a large surprise

Mon, 29 May 2017 18:15:54 -0400

2017 WRAL Freedom Balloon FestivalSome residents in a Fuquay-Varina neighborhood got a huge surprise on Monday when a hot air balloon from the WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival glided right over their homes.

Questions surround deaths of family found in Oxford house fire

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:49:25 -0400

Questions surround death of family found in Oxford house firePolice officers, firefighters and the State Bureau of Investigation are working together to learn more after four people were found dead following a Sunday morning house fire in Oxford.

Police: Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:20:13 -0400

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

UNC earns No. 2 seed; NC State travels to Kentucky in NCAA Tourney

Mon, 29 May 2017 12:47:53 -0400

North_Carolina_Turnaround_Baseball_62645After a 47-12 season and a trip to the ACC Championship game, North Carolina earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

Gold: Stanley Cup finals littered with Canes connections

Mon, 29 May 2017 11:50:48 -0400

Stanley_Cup_Coachess_Hockey_66893Even though the Hurricanes are far from involved in this year's Stanley Cup Finals there are obvious reminders of a different time. Peter Laviolette will coach the Predators against a team at least partially built by former Canes' GM Jim Rutherford.

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