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Thinking about where to live when moving to the Triangle, Raleigh - Durham or RTP?
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The NC Triangle and Wake County is one of the most popular and fastest growing Metro areas of North Carolina. The Triangle is well known for Top Schools, Universities, Job Opportunities, RTP, Cultural Opportunities, Sports, and more. Employment industries include Medical, Technical, Biomedical, Education, Gaming, Pharmaceuticals, Engineering among others. It is often referred to as the Silicon Valley on the East Coast.
The Triangle Area consist of many cities and towns. It is well known for Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. These three cities include the three largest and most well known universities of the Triangle which are NC State, Duke University, and UNC. The three cities and universities comprise what is known and the NC Triangle Area.
Many people know the Triangle area as RTP which stands for Research Triangle Park. RTP houses many well known companies such as IBM, Cisco, RTI, and others. RTP is located in Wake and Durham County or in Durham, Raleigh, Morrisville and Cary. Folks who want to live in close proximity of RTP will choose housing in those towns. If you don't mind a slightly longer drive you may want to consider Apex and Wake Forest. Still, many people choose towns that are further out so they can get exactly what they want in a home and community.
Wake County is at the center of the Triangle. There are several counties that border Wake County. Because of the close proximity. Many residents may live in one county and work in another. Schools are based on the county a resident resides in.
Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the largest city in Wake County and has been reported by Forbes as the #2 best city for Business and Careers. Wake County has several towns including Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, New Hill, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, and Willow Spring.
Durham is the second largest city in the Triangle and is located in Durham County.
Chapel Hill is the largest City in Orange County NC. You'll find areas in the County of Chatham that also bear the city name of Chapel Hill. Other cities in Orange County NC are Hillsborough, Carborro, Mebane, and Efland. Of those, Chapel Hill is the closest to Raleigh, Durham and RTP.
Chatham County is closely related to Orange and includes the up and coming Pittsboro. Other towns in Chatham County are Siler City, Goldston, and Cary. This is the same Cary you'll find in Wake County. Cary is growing at a fast pace and is one of the most sought after towns in the Triangle. The biggest difference you'll find is the town follows the rules and schools of the perspective county in which it is located.
Johnston County is another popular county in the Triangle area. Johnston has many towns including Clayton, Garner, Zebulon, Smithfield, Selma, Benson, Kenly, Four Oaks, Pine Level, and Priceton. Johnson is convenient to Ft. Bragg and Campbell University.
Harnett County also borders Wake County and includes the towns of Angier, Lillington, Dunn, Erwin and Coats. Angier is the closet to Wake County. Harnett is also convenient to Ft. Bragg and Campbell University.
Franklin counties borders Wake County and includes portions of Wake Forest, Youngsville, Louisburg, Franklinton, and Bunn.
Granville includes Creedmoor, Oxford, and Butner.
Lastly, Nash county borders Wake County and includes Rocky Mounty, Nashville, Spring Hope, Sharpsburg, Bailey, Middlesex and Whitakers.
Because Lee County is so close to Wake, some may believe it borders Wake County. However, a portion of Chatham County is between Lee and Wake. Lee County includes the town of Sanford.