Raleigh is the largest metropolitan city of North Carolina, located in Wake County. It is called the hub of education in North Carolina, with the state’s main public universities located here. The number of academic and technical institutions throughout Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Raleigh-Cary, Cary-Macon College and other locales make Raleigh, North Carolina, the most highly sought after research triangle. The North Carolina State Capitol is a late nineteenth-century Greek Revival-style structure with an imposing marble statue of General George Washington seated on the globe.
The state capital serves as the state’s headquarters, housing government offices, courts, prisons and various public buildings. Visitors can walk through the massive, two-acre Rotunda to view the state’s legislative assembly and House chamber. There is also a visitor’s center, which provides information about the legislature and other North Carolina public services. The library is housed in a former prison, which was used for many years by the FBI.
Raleigh-Cary, one of the oldest cities in the state, is a major agricultural center in the Triangle. This city is home to the Duke University Research Triangle, which provides a wealth of educational opportunities to students from all over the state. The downtown area is lined with shops, restaurants and theaters that are located within close proximity of the campus and the Duke campus. In addition to Duke University, this Triangle is also home to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wake Technical and Community College and the Raleigh community college. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is located in this area, and is a popular school for students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree.