Raleigh is a historical masterpiece. Its rich cultural and historical legacy make it a perfect place for those who value culture. But, not many know that this city was indeed named after Sir Walter Raleigh. A believer that the heart mattered more than the head, Raleigh met an untimely death. But the city named after him lives on.
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Historical Fast Facts about Raleigh
- In 1792, Raleigh was created as the seat of government for North Carolina. The history and delightful complex composition of the state has added to its rich historical legacy.
- This historical town is also the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in a new world
- Though it was one of the original colonies, North Carolina was the first to call for independence with Halifax Resolves in 1776.
- This is among the first industrial areas in the South and it is also known as the Smithsonian of the South because of its massive confluence of educational centers and museums
- North Carolina also invested in paved thoroughfares and was known as the good roads state which makes it perfect for those who see this city as a lifeline for the economic growth of the state.
- At birth, Raleigh was named Wake Crossroads and its original mission was to serve as a place for those traveling north to south or the other way round
- The North Carolina Capitol building is one of the finest and most well preserved major civic buildings in the city and it was constructed in the 1840s.
Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts about Raleigh
- Average annual temperature is 71 for the high and 50 for the lower end. Average snowfall in inches is 4.7 while humidity is 71.3
- It is located close to other American cities such as Chicago, Nashville and Orlando apart from having more than 4300 acres of parkland and close to 1400 acres of water
- Raleigh also has a sizzling art and culture scene with the North Carolina Opera and Symphony as well as the Carolina Ballet.
- Raleigh is also home to 3 major state museums of art, history and natural sciences all of which are free for entering without an admission fee
- As per the 2010 Census, the racial composition of the city constituted Whites, African Americans, Asian Americans. Koreans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.
- Close to 11.3% of the city residents in Raleigh are Latin Americans
- As per the 2008 census, there were 380, 173 persons and 61,371 families residing in Raleigh
Government Related Fast Facts about Raleigh
- The mayor of Raleigh is Nancy McFarlane and the population of this city as per the 2013 census is around 431, 746 with estimated land area of 145 square miles
- Northern State Capitol Building was constructed in the 1840s and there are many political offices located within this building including governor and other leading politicians
- Raleigh was central located in North Carolina making it the best location for the state government hub and it is also part of the Research Triangle located in the state.
Interesting Facts about Raleigh
- Sir Walter Raleigh, an English explorer, writer and soldier established a colony in Virginia and was the chief figure after which the city was named.
- Raleigh was held prisoner in the Tower of London and put to death, but the city named after him has done well from the political point of view.
- Raleigh is also known as the City of Oaks and the Smithsonian of the South because of its tree covered parks and amazing free attractions; it has close to 20 free tourist attractions.