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Consistently ranked among the best places to live, the City of Oaks is a highly sought after destination attracting around 40 new Wake County residents daily. With roughly 165,000 acres of Wake County park space, a flourishing job market, below average cost of living and exceptional school choice, our superior quality of life draws people from all over the world.

Here are just a few of our impressive rankings:

  • Kiplinger named Raleigh the #2 US Best Place to Live, Work and Play.
  • Forbes ranked Raleigh the #1 Best Place for Business and Careers.
  • Southern Living named Raleigh the Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South. See a Recipe.


Housing options are bountiful within just a few miles of our medical facilities. Residents will work primarily at WakeMed Raleigh Campus and will also work at WakeMed North Hospital and numerous ambulatory sites, including Healthplexes and physician practices. Options include downtown urban, nearby suburban and even rural options. Whether you’re looking for a thriving night life or a quiet, pastoral retreat, you can find it in Wake County.

Things to Do

We have something for everyone in Wake County, from the avid outdoorsperson to the cultural aficionado. Get the low down on our breathtaking recreational spaces (parks, beaches and mountains), explore our exquisite arts and cultural scene, enjoy endless options for shopping and dining and check out our championship spectator sports.

Learn More

Want to know more about life in Wake County? We are a fast-growing region committed to equitable growth, development and competitive educational opportunities from birth to old age.

Review Wake County Economic Development and Raleigh Chamber of Commerce education information as well as details on how you can make an impact by registering to vote and volunteering your free time to a good cause.