Wake County

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.

Recent Rankings

#1 Best City for Jobs in the U.S (Raleigh)

Glassdoor2020

#2 City for Best Quality of Life in the World (Raleigh)

Numbeo.com2020

#5 Top Life Science Clusters in the U.S. (Raleigh/Research Triangle)

Newmark Knight Frank2020

#10 Top Tech Markets in North America (Raleigh-Durham)

CBRE2020

Top 15 Most Educated Cities in the U.S (Raleigh #12, Durham-Chapel Hill #4)

WalletHub2020

 

 

Unique Developments and Contributions

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 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. 

Centennial Campus | NC State University

1,500+

U.S. Patents Issued

170+

Startups launched

600+

Products To Market

#4

in industry-sponsored research among U.S universities

Where Ideas Collide. Where Partnerships Matter.

 

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.

Discover Centennial Campus at NC State University.

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.

 

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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