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Wake County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume A county is a Land area of Regional Government within a larger State. A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States As of 2007, the population was 832,970, making it the second most populated county in the state after Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Its county seat is Raleigh, also the state capital. A county seat is a term for an Administrative center for a County, primarily used in the United States. Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the Capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA
Wake County is part of the Research Triangle metropolitan region, which consists of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange counties in North Carolina and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located midway between Raleigh and Durham. Research Triangle Park ( RTP) is the largest Research park in the United States The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Raleigh-Durham-Cary. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census Table of United States Combined Statistical AreasThe United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. Cary (ˈkeər'i is a town in Wake and Chatham counties in the U The estimated population of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,565,223 as of July 1, 2006, with the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) portion estimated at 994,551 residents. "July 1st" redirects here For the Ayumi Hamasaki song see H (song. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas|Table of United States Core Based Statistical AreasIn the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB has produced 
The earliest inhabitants of present day Wake County were the Tuscarora Native Americans. The Tuscarora ("hemp gatherers" are an American Indian tribe with members in New York, Canada, and North Carolina. Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States After the Tuscarora War in 1711, they were defeated and moved to New York to join the Iroquois nation. The Tuscarora War was fought in North Carolina during the autumn of 1711 until 11 February, 1715 between the British, Dutch, and New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The Iroquois Confederacy (also known as the "League of Peace and Power" the "Five Nations" the "Six Nations" or the "People of the Longhouse
The county was formed in 1771 from parts of Cumberland County, Johnston County, and Orange County. Cumberland County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Johnston County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Orange County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. It was named for Margaret Wake, wife of Governor William Tryon. William Tryon ( June 8, 1729 – January 27, 1788) was colonial Governor of the Province of North Carolina (1765-1771 and The first courthouse was built at a place called Wake Courthouse, commonly known as Bloomsbury. In 1771, the first elections and court were held, and the first militia was formed.
Wake County lost some its land area during the subsequent formation of other new counties. Portions were taken by Franklin County in 1787 and by Durham County in 1881 and 1911. Franklin County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Durham County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina.
During the colonial period of North Carolina, the state capital was New Bern. The term colonial history of the United States refers to the history of the land that would become the United States from the start of European settlement to the time of independence For several years, during and after the Revolutionary War, there was no capital, and the General Assembly met in various locations. In this article the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans" with occasional references to "Patriots" The North Carolina General Assembly is the state legislature of the U In 1792, a commission was appointed to select a site for a permanent state capital. The members of the commission were leaning toward land owned by Colonel John Hinton across the Neuse River, but on the night before the final vote, the committee adjourned to the home of Joel Lane for an evening of food and spirits. The Neuse River is a major permanent stream rising in the piedmont of North Carolina, emptying into the Pamlico Sound below New Bern. The Joel Lane House, built between 1760 and 1770 is a historic restored home and museum located in Raleigh North Carolina. The next day, the vote was in Lane's favor.
Raleigh was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, and established on 1,000 acres (4. Sir Walter Raleigh or Ralegh (c 1552 – 29 October 1618 was a famed English writer Poet, Soldier, Courtier and Explorer 0 km²) purchased from Lane. Sir Walter Raleigh never set foot in the United States, but two centuries earlier he had sponsored the establishment of the first English colony on the North Carolina shore at Roanoke Island. Roanoke Island is an island in Dare County near the coast of North Carolina, United States. The city of Raleigh became both the state capital as well as the new county seat of Wake County. Raleigh is the only planned state capital in the United States. A new town, planned community or planned city is a City, Town, or Community that was carefully planned from its inception and is typically 
Wake County is a member of the regional Triangle J Council of Governments. The Triangle J Council of Governments is one of the 17 regional North Carolina Councils of Governments ( Region J) established by the North Carolina General The county is governed by a seven-member board of County Commissioners, elected at large to serve four-year terms. A county commission is a group of elected officials charged with administering the county Government in Local government in some states of the Terms are staggered so that, every two years, three or four Commissioners are up for election. The Commissioners enact policies such as establishment of the property tax rate, regulation of land use and zoning outside municipal jurisdictions, and adoption of the annual budget. Property tax, or millage tax, is an Ad valorem tax that an owner pays on the value of the property being taxed Zoning in the United States comprise Land use state laws falling under the Police power rights state governments may exercise over private Real property Commissioners meet on the first and third Mondays of each month.
Current Commissioners are Joe Bryan (Chair), Betty Lou Ward (Vice-Chair), Lindy Brown, Paul Coble, Kenn Gardner, Tony Gurley, and Harold Webb. David Cooke is the County Manager. 
Although Democratic presidential candidates have only won the county in three of the last 12 elections (Kennedy in 1960, Johnson in 1964 and Clinton in 1992), the races have almost always been close, such as in 1980, when Ronald Reagan won by a landslide nationwide, but by a mere 1% in Wake County. The North Carolina State Capitol is the capitol building of the U The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. Recently, Republican George W. Bush won the county in 2000 with 53% and defeated John Kerry in 2004 by a slim 51% to 49%. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. } John Forbes Kerry (born December 11 1943 is an American Politician who is currently serving his fourth term as the junior United States Senator
Recently, statewide Democrats have fared well here. In the 1998 Senate Race, Democrat John Edwards won in Wake County, which helped him in his defeat of incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth. Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10 1953 Duncan McLauchlin "Lauch" Faircloth (born January 14, 1928) served one term as a Republican U In 2000 Democrat Governor Mike Easley won here with 55% of the vote. Michael Francis (Mike Easley (born March 23, 1950) is the governor of the U In 2004, Easley won again in Wake County by nearly 20%, winning with 59% to 40% for opponent Patrick Ballantine. Patrick J Ballantine (born 17 March, 1965 in Grand Forks North Dakota) an attorney from Wilmington North Carolina Democratic candidate for US Senate Erskine Bowles won in Wake County with 52 percent, despite losing statewide to Richard Burr by the same margin. Erskine Boyce Bowles (born August 8, 1945) is an American businessman and political figure from North Carolina. Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem North Carolina. In 2002, however, Republican Elizabeth Dole defeated Bowles with 55% of the vote here, and won by a large margin statewide. Mary Elizabeth Hanford "Liddy" Dole (born July 29 1936 is an American politician who served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H
Democratic voters are mainly located in the city of Raleigh, while Republicans are the majority in the rural areas in the north and western parts of the county. Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the Capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA The outskirts of Raleigh, and the cities of Cary and Apex are where most of the swing voters are located. Cary (ˈkeər'i is a town in Wake and Chatham counties in the U
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 857 square miles (2,220 km²), of which, 832 square miles (2,155 km²) of it is land and 25 square miles (66 km²) of it (2. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 95%) is water.
Wake County is located in the northeast central region of North Carolina, where the North American Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions meet. Piedmont is a plateau region located in the eastern United States between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the main Appalachian Mountains, stretching The Atlantic Coastal Plain is the flat stretch of land that borders the Atlantic Ocean (including the Gulf of Mexico) This area is known as the "fall line" because it marks the elevation inland at which waterfalls begin to appear in creeks and rivers. In Geomorphology, a fall line (at times referred to as a fall zone) marks the area where an upland region (continental Bedrock) and a Coastal plain As a result, most of Wake County features gently rolling hills that slope eastward toward the state's flat coastal plain. Its central Piedmont location situates the county about three hours west of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, by car and four hours east of the Great Smoky Mountains of the Appalachian range. Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. The Great Smoky Mountains are a major Mountain range in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains, the second ridge line forming a north-south running mountain The Appalachian Mountains ( often called the Appalachians, are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America.
Bodies of water that are located in Wake County include Lake Crabtree, Crabtree Creek, the Neuse River, and portions of Falls Lake and Jordan Lake. Lake Crabtree is a Lake in Morrisville North Carolina. In order to alleviate the posibility of flooding it was constructed in 1989 by the Natural Resources The Neuse River is a major permanent stream rising in the piedmont of North Carolina, emptying into the Pamlico Sound below New Bern. Falls Lake is a 12500 acre (51 km² artificial lake located in Durham, Wake, and Granville counties in North Carolina, USA. Jordan Lake is a reservoir located west of Raleigh and south of Chapel Hill in Chatham County North Carolina, in the United States
Wake County enjoys a moderate subtropical climate, with moderate temperatures in the spring, fall, and winter. The subtropics are the zones of the Earth immediately north and south of the tropic zone which is bounded by the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Summers are typically hot with high humidity. Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air In daily language the term "humidity" is normally taken to mean Relative humidity. Winter highs generally range in the low 50s°F (10 to 13 °C) with lows in the low-to-mid 30s°F (-2 to 2°C), although an occasional 60°F (15°C) or warmer winter day is not uncommon. Fahrenheit is a temperature scale named after Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736 a German Physicist who proposed it in 1724 The Celsius Temperature scale was previously known as the centigrade scale. Spring and fall days usually reach the low-to-mid 70s°F (low 20s°C), with lows at night in the lower 50s°F (10 to 14°C). Summer daytime highs often reach the upper 80s to low 90s°F (29 to 35°C). The rainiest months are July and August.
The county receives on average 2 inches (51 mm) of snow in the winter. "Snowfall" redirects here For other uses see Snow (disambiguation or Snowfall (disambiguation. Freezing rain and sleet occur most winters, and occasionally the area experiences a major damaging ice storm. Freezing rain is a type of precipitation that begins as Snow at higher altitude falling from a Cloud towards earth melts completely on its way down while passing An ice storm is a type of Winter storm characterized by Freezing rain. 
Wake County's economy is heavily influenced by the Research Triangle Park (RTP), located between Durham and Raleigh. RTP is the country's largest industrial park and a primary center in the United States for high-tech and biotech research, as well as textile development. An industrial estate is an area of land set aside for industrial development. High tech is Technology that is at the cutting edge —the most advanced technology currently available Biotechnology is Technology based on Biology, especially when used in Agriculture, Food science, and Medicine. The Park is home to more than 160 companies employing over 50,000 people.  The largest employers in the Park include IBM (11,000 employees), GlaxoSmithKline (6,400 employees), and Cisco Systems (3,400 employees). International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology GlaxoSmithKline plc () is a United Kingdom -based pharmaceutical, biological and Healthcare Company. 
Wake County's industrial base includes electrical, medical, electronic and telecommunications equipment; clothing and apparel; food processing; paper products; and pharmaceuticals. The agriculture industry is visible in rural areas of the county, with tobacco, cotton, wheat, soybeans and corn being the most common products grown. Agriculture refers to the production of goods through the growing of plants and fungi and the raising of domesticated Animals The study of agriculture
SAS Institute, one of the largest privately held software companies in the world, is located in Cary. SAS Institute Inc (pronounced "sass" headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, USA, has been a major producer of software since it was founded Other major companies based in Wake County include RBC Centura, Progress Energy Inc, 3Dsolve, Carquest, Bear Rock Foods, Cotton Incorporated, Epic Games, Lord Corporation, Lenovo Group (U. RBC Bank, formerly known as RBC Centura, is the US retail banking division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Progress Energy Inc ( is an energy company based in Raleigh North Carolina, formed in 2000 from the merger of Carolina Power & Light and Florida 3Dsolve creates educational interactive 3D graphics simulations for government military and corporate applications CARQUEST Auto Parts is a chain of auto-supply stores There are over 3400 CARQUEST Auto Parts locations in North America Cotton Incorporated aims "To increase the demand for and profitability of Cotton through research and promotion Epic Games, also known as Epic and formerly as Epic MegaGames, is a Video game development company based in Cary North Carolina, United Lord Corporation is a diversified technology company with world headquarters in Cary North Carolina. Lenovo Group Limited (,) is China's largest and the world's fourth largest Personal computer manufacturer after Hewlett-Packard and Dell of the U S. headquarters), Tekelec, Red Hat, Golden Corral and Martin Marietta Materials. Tekelec Inc is a US company ( NASDAQ: TKLC founded 1979 in California but now headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina In Computing, Red Hat Inc ( is a company dedicated to Free and open source software, and a major Linux distribution vendor Golden Corral is an American family-style restaurant chain that features a large Buffet and Grill offering 150 hot and cold items a carving Martin Marietta Materials ( is in the aggregate, chemical, and Composite material business
In 2007, Forbes magazine listed Raleigh and Cary among the best cities to find jobs in the Unites States, as well as being the area ranked as the best place for business and careers. Forbes is an American Publishing and media company Its flagship publication Forbes magazine is published bi-weekly  Also in 2007, CNN ranked the region has the 3rd best area for job growth, the top region for technology workers, and Bizjournals. Cable News Network, usually referred to by its Initialism CNN, is a major English language Television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner Technology is a broad concept that deals with a Species ' usage and knowledge of Tools and Crafts and how it affects a species' ability to control and adapt com ranked it as the 4th best place for young adult job seekers. 
As of the census of 2000, there were 627,846 people, 242,040 households, and 158,778 families residing in the county. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population density was 755 people per square mile (291/km²). Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume There were 258,953 housing units at an average density of 311 per square mile (120/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72. 40% White, 19. 72% Black or African American, 0. 34% Native American, 3. 38% Asian, 0. 03% Pacific Islander, 2. 48% from other races, and 1. 64% from two or more races. 5. 41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 242,040 households out of which 34. 00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52. 50% were married couples living together, 9. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34. 40% were non-families. 25. 70% of all households were made up of individuals and 5. 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 51 and the average family size was 3. 06.
In the county the population was spread out with 25. 10% under the age of 18, 10. 70% from 18 to 24, 36. 50% from 25 to 44, 20. 40% from 45 to 64, and 7. 40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98. 40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96. 50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $54,988, and the median income for a family was $67,149. Males had a median income of $44,472 versus $31,579 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,004. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country About 4. 90% of families and 7. 80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country 60% of those under age 18 and 8. 90% of those age 65 or over.
Municipalities, with populations as of July 2006. Municipalities in italics overlap county borders. These population figures reflect only the part of those municipalities that lie within Wake County. 
The county is divided into twenty townships: Bartons Creek, Buckhorn, Cary, Cedar Fork, Holly Springs, House Creek, Leesville, Little River, Marks Creek, Meredith, Middle Creek, Neuse, New Light, Panther Branch, Raleigh, St. Mary's, St. Matthew's, Swift Creek, Wake Forest, and White Oak. Cary (ˈkeər'i is a town in Wake and Chatham counties in the U Fuquay-Varina (ˈfju kweɪ vəˈriːnə is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Garner is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States and a suburb of Raleigh. Holly Springs is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Knightdale is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Morrisville is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the Capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA Rolesville is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Wake Forest is a town in Wake and Franklin counties in the US Wendell is a town in Wake County, North Carolina United States. Zebulon is the eastern-most town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Auburn is an Unincorporated community in Wake County, North Carolina, USA, just southeast of Raleigh. Bonsal is an unincorporated community in the New Hill North Carolina postal district part of the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ of Apex North Carolina, in Carpenter is a small community located in western Wake County North Carolina ( Chestnut Hills is an unincorporated community in Wake County, North Carolina. Clegg is an Unincorporated community in Wake County North Carolina, United States on North Carolina Highway 54, north of the highway's Eagle Rock is an unincorporated community in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Falls North Carolina, is an Unincorporated area in Wake County, North Carolina on Falls of Neuse Road west of Forestville North Carolina. Feltonville is an unincorporated community in the US state of North Carolina. Forestville is an Unincorporated area in Wake County, North Carolina, United States, east of Falls North Carolina at an elevation Green Level is a town in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States. Kennebec is a small unincorporated community in southern Wake County North Carolina along the border of Harnett County. Lizard Lick North Carolina is a small unincorporated Community located just off of US 64 in Wake County. McCullers Crossroads is an Unincorporated community in southern Wake County North Carolina, United States, located midway between of Raleigh Neuse is an Unincorporated community in Wake County North Carolina, United States. New Hill is an unincorporated community located in southwestern Wake County North Carolina, at the crossroads of old U Riley Hill, North Carolina, USA is an unincorporated community in mideastern Wake County. Shotwell is an Unincorporated community in southeastern Wake County North Carolina, United States, located southeast of Raleigh. Stony Hill is an Unincorporated area in Wake County North Carolina, United States at an elevation of 407 feet or 124 m Swift Creek North Carolina is an unincorporated community within Wake County, located between the municipalities of Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and Willow Spring (or Willow Springs) is an unincorporated community in southeastern Wake County, North Carolina, United States. A township in the United States refers to a small geographic area Bartons Creek Township (also designated Township 2) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Buckhorn Township (also designated Township 3) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Cary Township (also designated Township 4) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Cedar Fork Township (also designated Township 5) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Holly Springs Township (also designated Township 6) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. House Creek Township (also designated Township 7) is one of twenty Townships within Wake County North Carolina. Leesville Township (also designated Township 8) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Little River Township (also designated Township 9) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Marks Creek Township (also designated Township 10) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Meredith Township (also designated Township 11) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Middle Creek Township (also designated Township 12) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Neuse Township (also designated Township 13) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. New Light Township (also designated Township 14) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Panther Branch Township (also designated Township 15) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Raleigh Township (also designated Township 1) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Saint Mary's Township (also designated Township 16) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Saint Matthew's Township (also designated Township 17) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Swift Creek Township (also designated Township 18) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina. Wake Forest Township (also designated Township 19) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina, United States. White Oak Township (also designated Township 20) is one of twenty townships within Wake County North Carolina, in the United States.
Wake County is home to seven institutions of higher learning. Granville County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Franklin County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Nash County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Johnston County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Harnett County is a County located in the state of North Carolina, USA. Chatham County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Durham County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina They include: Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Peace College, Saint Augustine's College, Shaw University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Wake Technical Community College. Meredith College is a liberal arts women's college located in Raleigh North Carolina. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Peace College is a small liberal arts women's college located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Shaw University is a private historically black university located in Raleigh North Carolina, USA with its College of Adult Professional Education Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS is a Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. Wake Technical Community College, commonly known as Wake Tech, is a two-year accredited institution of higher education and technical training school is located approximately
The State Library of North Carolina is an institution which serves North Carolina libraries, state government employees, genealogists, and the citizens of North Carolina. History The origins of the State Library date from 1812 when the North Carolina General Assembly required the Secretary of State to collect catalog and safeguard Genealogy (from Greek: el γενεά el-Latn genea, "descent" and el λόγος el-Latn logos, "knowledge" is the study of There are two locations in Raleigh.
Public education in Wake County is administered by the Wake County Public School System, the 19th largest public school district in the country with over 134,000 students. The term public school has two distinct (and virtually opposite meanings depending on the location of usage in the United States, Australia and The Wake County Public School System is a Public school district located in Wake County, North Carolina.  There are 20 high schools, 30 middle schools, 93 elementary schools and 8 specialized schools. In addition, nine charter schools and 31 private schools are located in the county. Charter schools are elementary or secondary schools in the United States that receive public money but For the film of this title see Private School (film. Private schools, or Independent schools are Schools not administered Wake County is ranked the #1 school district in the country for certified teachers. 
The Wake County Public Library system operates 19 branches throughout the county. A public library (also called circulating library) is a Library which is accessible by the Public and is generally funded from public sources (such There are nine facilities in Raleigh. Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Wake Forest, Zebulon, Knightale, and Wendell each have one library facility. 
The Walnut Creek Amphitheatre hosts major international touring acts. The North Carolina Museum of Art is an Art museum that houses the art collections of North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( NCMNS) is located in Raleigh North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of History is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The Raleigh City Museum is a local history museum associated with Raleigh, North Carolina. Exploris is a large Public aquarium situated in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. JC Raulston Arboretum is an 8 acre (32000 m² Arboretum and Botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University, and located at 4415 Beryl The Joel Lane House, built between 1760 and 1770 is a historic restored home and museum located in Raleigh North Carolina. The Page-Walker Hotel, also known as the The Page-Walker Arts & History Center is a historic hotel and museum located in Cary North Carolina. The Mordecai House, built in 1785 is a registered historical landmark and museum in Raleigh North Carolina that is the centerpiece of the Mordecai Square Historic Park The New Hope Valley Railway is a heritage railroad in Bonsal North Carolina. The Pope House Museum, built in 1901 is a restored home once owned by Dr The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek is an outdoor Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina that specializes in hosting large Concerts The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts complex houses the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, the Fletcher Opera Theater, the Kennedy Theatre, and the Meymandi Concert Hall. The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the main venue for the Performing arts in Raleigh North Carolina. During the North Carolina State Fair, Dorton Arena hosts headline acts. The North Carolina State Fair is an annual Fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department The JS Dorton Arena is a 7610-seat multi-purpose Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on the grounds of the North Carolina State Fair. Theater performances are also offered at the Raleigh Little Theatre, Theatre in the Park and Stewart Theater at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT is a community theatre in Raleigh North Carolina that produces 11 full productions annually Applause! Cary Youth Theatre, Cary Players Community Theatre, Sertoma Amphiteatre at Bond Park, and Koka Booth Amphitheatre are located in Cary. The Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park is a Performing arts Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina. Other theatre and performing arts locations include The Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex and Garner Historic Auditorium in Garner. Local colleges and universities add to the options available for viewing live performances.
Wake County is home to several professional arts organizations, including the North Carolina Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina, the North Carolina Theatre, and Carolina Ballet. The North Carolina Symphony is an American orchestra based in Raleigh North Carolina, with sixty-nine full time musicians
The North Carolina Museum of Art, occupying a large suburban campus on Blue Ridge Road near the State Fairgrounds, houses one of the premier public art collections located between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D In addition to collections of American Art, European Art and ancient art, the museum recently has hosted major exhibitions featuring Auguste Rodin (in 2000) and Claude Monet (in 2006-07), each attracting more than 200,000 visitors. Sculpture of the United States Visual arts of the United States refers to the history of Painting and Visual art in the United States. Also see articles History of painting, Western painting Western Art' redirects here Arts of the ancient world refers to the many types of Art that were in the Cultures of Ancient societies such as those of ancient China, Auguste Rodin (born François-Auguste-René Rodin; November 12 1840–November 17 1917 was a French artist most famous as a sculptor. Claude Monet ( French klod mɔnɛ also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (14 November 1840 &ndash 5 December 1926 was a founder  Unlike most public museums, the North Carolina Museum of Art acquired a large number of the works in its permanent collection through purchases with public funds. The museum's outdoor park is one of the largest such art parks in the country. A sculpture garden is an outdoor garden dedicated to the presentation of Sculpture, usually several permanently-sited works in durable materials in landscaped surroundings 
The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes franchise moved to Raleigh in 1997 from Hartford, Connecticut. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional Ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. Their home arena, the RBC Center, also plays host to concerts and other public events. This article is about the indoor arena in Raleigh NC For the office tower in Toronto Ontario see RBC Centre. The Hurricanes are the only major league (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB) professional sports team in North Carolina to have won a championship, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, over the Edmonton Oilers. The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Stanley Cup (La Coupe Stanley is an Ice hockey club championship Trophy, awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL playoffs champion The Edmonton Oilers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Carolina Railhawks of the United Soccer Leagues are located in Cary and their home field is the WakeMed Soccer Park. Carolina RailHawks is an American professional Soccer team founded in 2006 History In 1996 the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues established the new Select League consisting of its strongest teams from its professional FIFA Notable events 2002 USA Men's National Team World Cup Training Camp 2002 Women's Nike Cup 1st Round 2003 The team won the 2007 Southern Derby competition. The Southern Derby is a fan-based cup competition between United Soccer Leagues First Division teams based in the South-Atlantic region of the United States (
The Carolina Mudcats is a minor league baseball team located in eastern Wake County. The Carolina Mudcats are a Minor league baseball team based in the eastern suburbs of Raleigh North Carolina. Part of the History of baseball series Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of Professional baseball leagues in North The team, which plays in the Southern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins major-league club. The Southern League is a Minor league baseball league which operates in the Southern United States. Part of the History of baseball series Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of Professional baseball leagues in North The Florida Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami Gardens Florida. Their ballpark, Five County Stadium, is located in Zebulon. Five County Stadium is the home of the Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League.
The Research Triangle region has hosted the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Nationwide Tour Rex Hospital Open since 1994, with the current location of play at Raleigh's Wakefield Plantation. The Nationwide Tour is the developmental tour for the US-based PGA Tour, and features Professional golfers who have either failed to score well enough Rex Hospital Open is a regular Golf tournament on the Nationwide Tour.
North Carolina State University, which is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, plays their home basketball games at the RBC Center and home football games at Carter-Finley Stadium. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina This article is about the indoor arena in Raleigh NC For the office tower in Toronto Ontario see RBC Centre. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC is a collegiate athletic league in the United States. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA, often pronounced "N-C-Double-A" is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions conferences organizations Division I (or D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States Carter-Finley Stadium was opened in 1966 as home to the North Carolina State University Wolfpack football team
Other institutions of higher learning that compete in competitive sports includes: St. Augustine's College (NCAA Division II, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)), Meredith College (NCAA Division III and USA South Athletic Conference), Peace College (NCAA Division III and USA South Athletic Conference), and Shaw University (NCAA Division II, CIAA). Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. History The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, founded on the campus of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1912 is the oldest African-American Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. Member schools Conference Stadia
The North Carolina Tigers, an Australian Rules football club in the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) and competing in the Eastern Australian Football League (EAFL), are based in Raleigh. The United States Australian Football League (also known informally as the USAFL or US Footy) is the governing body for Australian rules football Australian (rules football, or simply known as football, footy or Aussie rules, is a Team sport played between two teams of 18 players The United States Australian Football League (also known informally as the USAFL or US Footy) is the governing body for Australian rules football The Eastern Australian Football League is an Australian rules football competition in the Eastern United States of America and a division of the United States
Wake County is also home to the Carolina Rollergirls, an all-women flat-track roller derby team that is a competing member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). in January 2004 the Carolina Rollergirls known as CRG or Carolina Roller Derby Inc The Carolina Rollergirls compete at the North Carolina State Fairground's Dorton Arena. The JS Dorton Arena is a 7610-seat multi-purpose Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on the grounds of the North Carolina State Fair.
The USA Baseball National Training Complex is located in Cary. United States national baseball team USA Baseball was founded in 1978 and is the governing body for amateur Baseball in the United States of America.
The mountains-to-the-sea North Carolina Bicycle Route 2 travels through Wake County, as does the Maine-to-Florida U.S. Bicycle Route 1. North Carolina Bicycle Route 2 - The Mountains to the Sea. Running 700 miles from Murphy in the western mountains to Manteo on the Atlantic coast this The State of Maine ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the US Bicycle Route 1 (often called US Bike Route 1) is a cross-country Bicycle route that runs the length of the United States eastern seaboard from North Carolina Bicycle Route 5, the Cape Fear run, connects Apex to the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina. North Carolina Bicycle Route 5, the Cape Fear Run, travels 160 miles along the Cape Fear River from Apex through the southeast coastal plain to Wilmington Wilmington is a city in and the County seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States.
Wake County is home to three state parks: Falls Lake State Recreation Area, William B. Umstead State Park, and the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. Falls Lake is a 12500 acre (51 km² artificial lake located in Durham, Wake, and Granville counties in North Carolina, USA. Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a North Carolina state park in Durham and Wake Counties, North Carolina in the United States. William B Umstead State Park is a North Carolina state park in Wake County, North Carolina in the United States. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a North Carolina state park in Chatham County, North Carolina in the United States. Falls Lake Park is located in northern Wake County and contains the 12,000-acre (49 km²) Falls Lake and 26,000 acres (110 km²) of woodlands. Falls Lake is a 12500 acre (51 km² artificial lake located in Durham, Wake, and Granville counties in North Carolina, USA.  Umstead Park is situated between Raleigh and Cary near RDU. Located right off I-40, it is divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek and contains 5,579 acres (22. 58 km²) of woodlands.  Jordan Lake Park, which is partially located in Wake County near Apex, contains 13,940-acre (56. 4 km²) Jordan Lake and 46,768 acres (189. 26 km²) of woodlands. This park is known for being home to bald eagles. The Bald Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a Bird of prey found in North America that is most recognizable as the national bird and 
There are 152 city parks, public swimming and public tennis facilities in Wake County. In addition, there are 53 community centers.  Notable parks include Pullen Park and Yates Mill Park. Pullen Park is a public park in Raleigh, North Carolina west of downtown adjacent to the campus of North Carolina State University, between Yates Mill is a fully restored circa 1756 Gristmill located five miles (8 km south of downtown Raleigh North Carolina. The American Tobacco Trail is a 22-mile (35 km) rail trail project that is located in the Research Triangle Park region. The American Tobacco Trail (ATT is a long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, running along an abandoned Rail trail is a term for a Trail that makes use of a railroad right-of-way (ROW. Research Triangle Park ( RTP) is the largest Research park in the United States Fifteeen miles of the trail is located in Wake County and is open to pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians (in non-urban sections), and other non-motorized users. For the Roman class see Equestrian (Roman Equestrianism refers to the skill of riding or driving Horses This broad description
Wake County is served by three hospitals, Rex Hospital, WakeMed, and Duke Raleigh Hospital. Rex Hospital is Raleigh North Carolina 's oldest hospital founded by a bequeath from John T WakeMed Health and Hospitals is a 760-bed healthcare system with multiple facilities placed around the metropolitan Raleigh, North Carolina area The Duke University Health System, combines the Duke University School of Medicine, the Duke University School of Nursing, the Duke Clinic and the member hospitals In addition to WakeMed's primary facility, the hospital also operates seven satellite locations throughout the county. These locations include North Raleigh, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Zebulon, Wake Forest, Apex, Wake Forest Road, and Brier Creek.