A Place to Call Home

When it comes to resources and collaboration, Wake County is one of the best places in the U.S. to start a business. Fueled by talent from the region’s three tier-one research universities, home to HQ’s like Advance Auto Parts and Pendo, and innovation from our thriving startup community, the ecosystem is ripe with opportunity.

Front of the Montague Hall at Wake Tech. The building's glass front is reflecting a sunset.

Wake County Data

Wake County's estimated population in 2019 was 1,069,079.
Wake County's estimated median age in 2021 was 36.
The average commute for workers is 25.5 minutes.
83 percent of residents also work in Wake County.
Median family income in 2019 was $100,539.
Property tax rate is 60 cents per 100 dollars value.
Source: Census (2010, ACS 2014-18).

Recent Rankings

Raleigh ranks as the best city for jobs in the U.S. according to Glassdoor, 2020
Raleigh ranks #2 in the world as the best city for quality of life according to Numbeo.com, 2020
Raleigh-Research Triangle ranks #5 Top Life Science Clusters in the U.S. according to Newmark Knight Frank, 2020
Raleigh-Durham ranks in the #10 Top Tech Markets in North America according to CBRE, 2020.
Raleigh ranks in the top 15 Most Educated Cities in the U.S (Raleigh #12, Durham-Chapel Hill #4) according to WalletHub, 2020

Noteworthy Characteristics

Wake County is the largest county in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina and is home to Raleigh, North Carolina’s state capital. This dynamic region is home to a wide range of businesses, including Fortune 500 giants and thousands of small and mid-sized companies in the life science and technology industries. As one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions, Wake County offers the ideal blend of cost, comfort, and culture, plus thousands of diverse jobs.

The new Citrix building in downtown Raleigh. The Citrix building is now a part of the prominent Raleigh skyline.
Manufacturing and technology students working carefully with a lathe machine in a workshop.

The main driver of Wake County’s talent pipeline comes from proximity to three tier-one research universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. 

Whether it’s access to students or research agreements with faculty, Centennial Campus on NC State University’s campus provides proximity to some of the brightest minds in the world

NC State students in red graduation attire in mid-celebration! They are cheering and yelling in a crowd.

County Spotlight

Centennial Campus, NC State University

A Community of Thinkers and Doers.

Centennial Campus continues to be a premier destination for innovative collaboration among leaders in education, business, and research. NC State is the largest university in a four-state region, and one of the nation’s pre-eminent research enterprises. They are experts in everything from big data to self-powered health monitoring to nuclear nonproliferation and advanced manufacturing.

Centennial Campus, NC State University issued 1,500+ U.S Patents
Centennial Campus, NC State University launched 170+ Startups
600+ Products to Market
Centennial Campus, NC State University is ranked #4 in industry-sponsored research in the US

Infrastructure and Accessibility

HQ Raleigh indoor space with various professionals working and hanging out.

Business Advantage

Wake County is focused on smart, equitable growth and building a community with opportunities for all. 

Wake County is the largest county in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina and is home to Raleigh, North Carolina’s state capital. This dynamic region is home to a wide range of businesses, including Fortune 500 giants and thousands of small and mid-sized companies in the life science and technology industries.

Aerial view of Duke University.
A young graduate in cap in gown. She is blowing confetti towards the camera from her outstretched hands.

As one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions, Wake County offers the ideal blend of cost, comfort, and culture, plus thousands of diverse jobs. Wake County is home to more than one million people, and 13 different communities spread across 850 square miles. The region adds 64 new people every day, 43 of which move here, and 21 are born here. With nearly half of the population having a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is almost double the state and national average, Wake County is one of the best places to live and work in the world.

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