Raleigh/Durham, the capital of North Carolina, is the heart of the state. Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and is part of the Research Triangle area, together with Durham (home of Duke University) and Chapel Hill (home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
The “Triangle” nickname originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located in Durham & Wake Counties partway between the three cities and their universities. The Triangle is a close knit community with southern charm- it is the heartbeat of North Carolina. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city.
Also dubbed “the Smithsonian of the South,” Raleigh is home to a number of museums, including three free state museums. Raleigh/Durham offers all the amenities of modern city living with an array of world-class museums, shops, and dining experiences while at the same time featuring stunning old-world charm with beautifully maintained historic buildings and quaint neighborhood spread throughout and around the city.
Raleigh/Durham is home of the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters and over 100,000 Veterans—and counting. As a state, North Carolina’s veteran population has reached 800,000 and over 35% of North Carolina’s population identifies as military, veteran, spouse, parent, or dependent of someone serving in the military.
USO of NC, the Coordination Center for NCServes – RDU/Fayetteville brings together 20+ service providers across 8 counties, including Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Harnett, Johnson, Lee, Orange, and Wake counties. RDU/Fayetteville is joining forces with Metrolina and moving the state forward towards being a national model for public/private partnership. By welcoming thousands of Veterans to this region every year, North Carolina is leading the Governor’s charge of making North Carolina the “Most Veteran friendly state in the country.”