Families that are moving to the Triangle area from other parts of the country are often confused about what the term “The Triangle” actually means in North Carolina. The Triangle, also known as The Research Triangle, is named after the shape it forms between three of the biggest cities in central NC: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill – which are also home to three of the largest universities in the state: North Carolina State University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
To provide more information on The Triangle, Raleigh Cary Realty breaks down some of the most popular cities located in the heart of North Carolina:
- Raleigh: Raleigh is mainly known as being the capital of the state, but there is much more to it than just that. Over the last couple decades, Raleigh and its nearby suburbs have seen record growth as people move to the family-friendly city. Not only is it home to the NC State Wolfpack and Carolina Hurricanes for sports fanatics, but it also offers tons of outdoor activities such as beautiful parks, hiking trails and much more.
- Durham: If you have ever watched a college basketball game, you have probably heard of Duke University (and UNC Chapel Hill, but we will talk about that in the next city). Because of Duke University and their medical center, Durham is always known as being innovative and for its scholarly institutions (Checking out the Duke campus is a must!). With its diverse local culture, there is something to do for everyone from museums to the Durham Performing Arts Center.
- Chapel Hill: Right down the road from Durham is Chapel Hill, NC. Because of the close proximity between the two, they are deemed to be one of the biggest rivals in college sports history. Beyond the college town-feel, Chapel Hill offers a more friendly atmosphere and is set away from the hustle that larger cities bring. The area is home to many different age groups from those beginning college to couples starting families to retired individuals. There is also beautiful scenery from the historic homes to the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
We might be a little biased but, at Raleigh Cary Realty, we believe that The Triangle is the best place to live! To learn more about the three cities discussed or the surrounding areas, check out our guides. If you are looking to buy or sell in the local area, contact us today to get started.