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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

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:16:35 -0500

Offshore drilling genericThe Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.

Google Fiber bringing ultra-fast Internet to Triangle

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:06:08 -0500

Google Fiber in TriangleLife in the Triangle is about to get faster - at least online.

Study: Chatham Park to produce 115,000 jobs

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:03:52 -0500

Chatham Park MapA study commissioned by Chatham County economic development officials says the controversial 7,000-acre Chatham Park development will produce 115,000 jobs and drive $154 billion in total economic impact over the next 40 years.

Game Blog: Canes bolt out to 2-0 lead on Lightning

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:51:33 -0500

Canes blanked by Bolts, 3-0A Brett Bellemore shot went off the end boards and to the opposite side of the net where Nathan Gerbe was waiting to pound home the rebound and it is suddenly 2-0 Canes.

Lynch at Media Day: 'I'm here so I don't get fined'

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:44:46 -0500

Super Bowl FootballMarshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same.

Steve Logan, 49ers talking, no offer on table

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:57:57 -0500

Steve LoganFormer East Carolina head coach and current WRAL contributor Steve Logan has been in talks with the San Francisco 49ers to join their coaching staff, he confirmed Tuesday.

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