Triangle Area

The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina is also called the Research Triangle because of its proximity to three major research universities; Duke University (Durham), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University (Raleigh)—as well as being a hub for technology and biotech companies.

The area has developed into a center for culture, too, with world-class restaurants and entertainment. At the same time, the Triangle maintains a reasonable cost of living compared to other cities. From Forbes to USA Today, the Raleigh-Durham area consistently lands on the major top 10 lists of best places in the country to visit, live, and do business. 


Raleigh was founded in 1792 as N.C.'s capital city. It was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the 1580s. It is the only state capital to have been planned and established by a state as the seat of state government, and it is the largest city in a combined statistical area known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill (the Research Triangle Region). The city's founding fathers called Raleigh the "City of Oaks" and dedicated themselves to maintaining the area's wooded tracts and grassy parks. Home of the N.C. State Fair, N.C.'s largest annual event. Visit Raleigh =>


Durham is known as the Bull City, the City of Medicine, the Tastiest Town in the South, and the Startup Capital of the South. It’s a two-hour drive from the beach, a three-hour drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is North Carolina’s fourth largest city by population. Along the East Coast, Durham makes for the perfect mid-size city stopover, located conveniently along I-95. For those outside of driving distance, travel to and from is made easy as the City and County of Durham co-own the top-ranked Raleigh-Durham International Airport that services more than 45 nonstop destinations. Discover Durham =>

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a multicultural university town that is home to UNC-Chapel Hill and a resident population of 59,000. Hailed as “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit Magazine, Chapel Hill is rapidly becoming a hot spot for pop American cuisine. It’s a trend-setting playground full of sights, sounds and tastes that make it the kind of place that authors, musicians, and artists call home. Welcome to Chapel Hill =>