Wake County

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.

Recent Rankings

#2 Best Place for Business & Careers (Raleigh)


#2 Most Educated City (Raleigh)


#2 Best Big City to Live in (Raleigh)

Money MagazineSeptember 2018

#2 Best City for Young Professionals (Raleigh)


#1 Fastest Growing Suburb (Apex)


#3 Biggest Boomtowns in America (Raleigh)

Magnify Money2018

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.

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Where Ideas Collide. Where Partnerships Matter.

NC State University’s second century began with the creation of Centennial Campus, a national hub for education, innovation and public-private partnership.

It’s a place where NC State students and faculty live, work and learn alongside leaders in industry. It’s a proving ground for new ideas and new businesses. And it’s a launching pad for our university’s mission: creating prosperity across our state and nation.

  • Centennial is more than a research park. It’s a thriving academic community, home to three of NC State’s colleges, many thousands of students and a wealth of university research centers, institutes, laboratories and departments.
  • Centennial has partners, not just tenants. Each of the companies, agencies and nonprofits housed here has programmatic connections to NC State. That means valuable research agreements with our faculty and invaluable work experience for our students.

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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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