2010: 403,892, #43 in U.S., #2 in North Carolina

1950: 65,679, #179 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,130,490, #48 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 136,450, #125 in U.S.


Raleigh was established in 1792, specifically to be the state capital of North Carolina. Shaw University is located downtown.


Tallest building: PNC Plaza, 538 feet (2008)

List of tallest buildings

The domed State Capitol (1840) is 98 feet tall.


Raleigh has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak's Silver Star goes north to New York City and south to Miami.  The Carolinian and Piedmont trains also provide service from Raleigh to Charlotte. Amtrak uses the new Raleigh Union Station (2018), located downtown.


The North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the City of Raleigh Museum are located downtown.

Downtown Raleigh
(Photo by Mark Turner)


Raleigh has no downtown movie theaters. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (2001) hosts the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Opera.

Touring Broadway musicals are presented at the Memorial Auditorium (1932, renovated 1990).


The Carolina Mudcats, Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, play at Five County Stadium (1991), located about 20 miles east of Raleigh in the suburb of Zebulon. The NHL Carolina Hurricanes play at the PNC Arena (1999), northwest of downtown.

Map of Downtown Raleigh


Convention and Visitors Bureau