Wake County

Noteworthy Characteristics

A Place to Call Home

Wake County offers something for everyone including welcoming communities, a thriving business ecosystem, an active arts and culture scene, excellent health care, and prime educational and career opportunities. Discover more about business advantages, target industries, and the talent and workforce that populate the area.


Unique Developments and Contributions

In Wake County, the primary drivers are an impressive supply of well-educated and innovative people, and a strong collaborative environment between academia, government, and industry. Four industries that deserve special attention are Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, IT and Technology, and Cleantech and Smart Grid. The county is also home to a plethora of internationally known firms such as Cisco Systems, Lenovo, Progress Energy, Red Hat, and SAS Institute. See why so many companies call Wake County home.

Whether it’s access to students or research agreements with faculty, Centennial Campus provides proximity like no other research campus in North America. Learn more here.

Infrastructure and Support

  • North Carolina’s second most populated county and home to Raleigh, the state Capital
  • Well-planned communities with quality infrastructure and transportation
  • Businesses that work with elected officials to determine how to maintain and expand services and facilities required to accommodate future growth
  • Access to one of the most educated and diverse workforces in the U.S.
  • Almost half of the county’s 25-and-older population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Home to Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Intersected by Interstate 40 and less than 30 miles from Interstate 95

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