WELCOME TO THE TRIANGLE!
The region surrounding the Research Triangle Park is often referred to simply as "The Triangle." The term rose to popular use in the 1950s with the creation of the world's largest research park. However, it also refers to the three research universities of Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Triangle further designates the three anchoring cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill where the campuses are located. Nestled in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, this multi-county region is home to some of the nation's leading research institutes and high-tech businesses as well as some of America's most highly educated residents. This centralized Piedmont location also places The Triangle within a half-day's drive from the mountains and the Atlantic beaches.
The network of healthcare services and facilities are second to none in the Triangle region, where exceptional health systems operate world-renowned teaching and research hospitals and medical centers. The powerful presence of major research universities continually elevates the entire region to the leading edge of technological and medical breakthroughs. The Duke University Health System, the UNC Health Care System affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals combine with several other regional hospitals to blanket the entire area with state-of-the-art facilities that are designed to meet every need, from routine to the most advanced. The city of Durham, in particular, now carries the nickname of the "City of Medicine" and has emerged as a national healthcare hub that claims one of the nation's top concentrations of physicians per capita. The brilliant professionals who are attracted to this vital region continue the legacy while they constantly raise the bar of excellence.
Educational resources are equally exceptional in The Triangle region, where award-winning schools and some of the state's finest public school districts combine with innovative charter schools, options for a private education, and progressive programs for high school students. The options for higher education are some of the finest in the nation, underlined by the area's three celebrated research universities. The community college system is well developed, providing an affordable launch on a four-year degree as well as two-year degrees and certifications and continuing education. These colleges work closely with area business and industry to further the dynamic economic environment that exists in The Triangle region. In addition to Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the region is home to public and private institutions that include Campbell University, Meredith College, North Carolina Central University, Peace College, Shaw University, and St. Augustine's College. Regardless of your academic level or stage in life, The Triangle region has the right learning environment to achieve your educational goals and life dreams.
The accolades and superlatives have been pouring in to praise The Triangle area for more than a decade. This fast-growing region has been called out as one of the finest locations in America for business and industry, for start-ups, for job growth, for working mothers, for singles, for young professionals, and for families. The sports scene is one of the nation's hottest, from professional action to the excitement of collegiate clashes. At the same time, the climate is mild and encourages four-season outdoor enjoyment in local, regional, and state parks. Lush hiking trails, miles of biking paths, first-rate golf courses, tennis and other racquet courts, equestrian attractions, secluded campsites, and sports clubs or country clubs are all available to those who enjoy an active lifestyle. Those who appreciate the arts will find a culturally rich region with elegant venues, wonderful outdoor pavilions, and famous performance groups like the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Theatre, and the North Carolina Ballet. From the "big city" to the region's smaller towns, the arts are well supported and celebrated in style.
Newcomers can choose from bustling metropolitan centers like Raleigh and Durham or settle into an upscale enclave with world-class recreational amenities. They will also discover charming country towns or picturesque townships dotted with contemporary developments. Many of the counties that surround The Triangle blend country pleasures and a rural lifestyle with progressive hometowns that excel in quality of life. Diverse communities offer a kaleidoscope of environments and settings, from loft living in a restored brick warehouse to the pristine appeal of the suburbs or rambling country farmhouses. Little wonder that The Triangle has become one of America's fastest-growing areas, drawing newcomers to an unparalleled quality of life that comes at a remarkably affordable price. The reasonable cost of living is part of the appeal of The Triangle, where a cosmopolitan atmosphere and urban sophistication blend with old-fashioned family values and Southern hospitality. Take your time exploring the many facets of The Triangle region. You are sure to discover why long-time residents and thousands of relocating professionals and families would never consider living anywhere else.
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