The Raleigh-Durham area is heaven for Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) fans with three of the most dominant athletic schools in the conference. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are also known for other distinguished academic establishments, which have propelled the area to the top 5 most educated cities in America, according to Forbes. Living in university-driven communities provides a superior experience that goes beyond enjoying some of the best historical rivalries in sports.

Endless Educational Opportunities

The ACC powerhouses of Duke, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC), and North Carolina State University (NC State) are well known across the nation for their athletic and academic prowess. Raleigh is also home to several other academic establishments including Meredith College, Shaw University, Saint Augustines College, and William Peace University. Springtime at University of North Carolina

Durham is home to Duke University and a few miles away the Historical Black College of North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

All around the area are well-established community colleges like Wake Technical Community College or Durham Technical Community College. They serve a variety of students including the corporate student seeking to expand their technical vocation.

Chapel Hill is the picture-perfect image of the Southern College town with UNC living at the heart of the city. The oldest University in the United States is the center of bustle surrounded by a deep history and beautiful natural scenes.

Raleigh resident and dedicated NC State fan, Kimberly Rehberg, is a fan of sports but is also focused on a world outside of athletics.

Generally, communities with universities in them, and especially communities like this one with such a high concentration of higher ed institutions, enjoy a better educated populace which correlates with higher household incomes and standards of living, more progressive and inclusive governance and policymaking, and attracts and cultivates more cultural resources—more artists, more musicians, better theatrical venues and offerings, more culinary creativity and better restaurants, etc. These are just a few of the MANY reasons that lead me to prefer living here in close proximity to large and important colleges and universities.

Experience The Arts & Academics

The Triangle is home to a variety of visual and performing arts companies and museums. After you visit the UNC Basketball Hall of fame, head over to the Ackland Art Museum or Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture & History. UNC's Arts@TheCore marries academic with performing arts all year round. View performances, interact with artists, and connect with the arts through history, literature, philosophy, and science.

The arts have nestled into the heart of the Durham culture with the help of Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the North Carolina Central University Art Museum, and the community-based Golden Belt. Duke's Artists in Residence program closely aligns with the Durham community to bring 100s of performances, to venues that include the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Durham residents have the luxury of a close commute to the world-renowned American Dance Festival, which Duke plays host to many of the events.

Durham Arts & culture

The Arts at NC State boasts a robust program that extends into the nearby Raleigh community. Programs for dance, music, art and theatre provide students and Raleigh residents much to look forward to all year. NC State's dedication to the arts and diversity is found in the newly opened Gregg Museum in downtown.

A Unique Experience for the Foodie

The Universities in the Triangle area provide a focal point for local business owners to establish unique restaurants, shops, and food truck rodeos. The Triangle has one of the most exciting and varied dining scenes of any Southern town (NY Post), many have argued that Raleigh-Durham is the South's tastiest town. It is no surprise to many locals who know that  NC State's agricultural background laid the historical groundwork to the area's love of food and the culture it creates.

Howling Cow is the NC State secondary mascot famous for ice cream and other dairy products made on campus. NC State's Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences department is dedicated to making more than great ice cream. Their mission is to bring better nutrition to the world. Elementary schools across the region welcome NC State's students to teach classrooms about the importance of nutrition and food safety. The program offers other outreach programs including A PACKed Kitchen and breastfeeding support initiatives for local families.

The Daily Meal named Duke University #1 on its list of 80 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2016. Duke's dining (which is open to the public) hosts more than 60 events a year, delivers food to student dorms, and boasts a diverse offering of food from pizza to “pan-seared diver scallops with a basil pistou.”

University Life & Health

Residents of the Triangle share a sense of pride in their University sports teams as well as the world-renowned healthcare nearby. Duke University Hospital resides in the “City of Medicine,” on the campus of Duke. U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2016-17. Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 25 nationally for eight adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.

UNC Hospital has a large hospital in the center of Chapel Hill. Like Duke University, they also serves the greater-Triangle area. Over 800,000 people are cared for at UNC practices and clinics each year in Orange, Wake, Durham, Chatham and Lee counties. The Medical Center is also welcomes more than 3,500 new Tar Heels born and cared for each year at the N.C. Women's Hospital and N.C. Children's Hospital.Veterinary clinics in the Triangle

NC State's Veterinary Hospital provides cutting edge care for your household pets, exotic animals, equine, and farm animals. The Veterinary   School is ranked #3 in the US by USNews. When you settle into the Triangle, you can rest easy that your health and also your furry pets will have access to the best healthcare in the United States!

Find Your Perfect Home In The Triangle

Having a seasoned professional to help you navigate these wonderful University towns will ensure you have a resource to answer questions. Whether your interests are access to healthcare resources, amenities focused on food and culture, or complete alignment with the best sports team, The My NC Homes team can help you find the right balance in the right place. We invite you to visit our Home Buyer's or Home Seller's guide and tools page to learn more.

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