Raleigh-Durham is No. 4 on U.S. News’ 2016 ‘Best Places to Live’

What’s it like to live in Raleigh-Durham, NC?

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring nearly 80 new residents a day with strong job growth and a high quality of life.

Many people who call Raleigh-Durham home are young, friendly, diverse and educated. They enjoy dining out in local restaurants – many of which have earned national accolades – and gathering over craft beers in one of the region’s many microbreweries. A strong sense of community is evident, as strangers are quick to provide a friendly conversation when standing in line at the supermarket.

The Raleigh-Durham metro area also encompasses beautiful green spaces, family-friendly museums and a growing art and music scene defined by monthly gallery walks, summer concerts and music festivals like Hopscotch.


U.S. News analyzed 100 cities in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each city, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Raleigh-Durham ranks as #4 with an overall score of 7.5 out of 10.

See the full list of Best Places to Live


Overall  7.5   Desirability  8.6    Value  6.9    Job Market   7.2    Quality of Life   .4

  • Raleigh-Durham, NC Quick Stats

    • 1,714,629   METRO POPULATION


    • 71.6° / 49.9°   AVG HIGH/LOW TEMPS

    • 35.6    MEDIAN AGE

    • $215,730   MEDIAN HOME PRICE

    • 43.3 inches   AVG ANNUAL RAINFALL


    • $899   AVG MONTHLY RENT

    • 24.3 minutes   AVG COMMUTE TIME

      What’s the cost of living in Raleigh-Durham, NC?

      The cost of living in Raleigh-Durham is slightly lower than the national average, with home prices climbing significantly over the past few years. Housing costs will continue to rise as more people flock to the area in search of a career. However, relatively low property taxes make home ownership easier than in other major cities. Compared to other technology and research hubs like San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham is relatively affordable.

      Raleigh-Durham     $215,730  

      USA   $218,867

      Who Lives in Raleigh-Durham, NC?

      The population in Raleigh-Durham is diverse, and the cities’ international communities grow every day. With an average age of roughly 32 years old in Raleigh and Durham, and 26 in Chapel Hill, the area has a youthful vibe that’s amplified by the presence of several universities.

      The availability of good jobs and good schools makes Raleigh-Durham a desirable place to raise a family. More than 27 percent of households include children under the age of 18. On the flip side, almost 34 percent of the population lives alone.

      The majority of the population in Raleigh-Durham is registered Democrat. And of those who identify as religious, many affiliate with the Protestant faith.

      Profile written by local expert:  Chika Gujarathi

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