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WakeMed is set in the heart of a dynamic, vibrant region of central North Carolina known as the Triangle. The area, which is anchored by Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding communities, has truly made a name for itself.

Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed is founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. We’ve been fortunate to experience firsthand the fabric that ties together this community—the growth, the high quality of life, and the remarkable people and places that continue to flourish here.

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With renowned universities and diverse communities alongside constant opportunity, cutting-edge technology and an impressive range of health services and healthcare options, it's no wonder that the Triangle consistently ranks among the best places to live and work in the United States.

Experience the Triangle

Whether you prefer high-rise living, charming suburban neighborhoods, or the countryside, you'll find it here — along with a moderate climate and inclusive communities for individuals, young professionals, growing families, and retirees.

Food Scene

From BBQ pit masters to plant-based pioneers, our plates are full. We are as proud of our farmers markets and food-truck rodeos as we are of our nationally acclaimed chefs and the dizzying array of restaurants, bars, and craft breweries. Whether it's a food hall or a rooftop view, you'll find a dining experience to satisfy any craving and cuisine.

Arts, Culture and Events

You can easily fill your calendar with festivals of every flavor, family-friendly events, cultural celebrations, award-winning museums, and so much more.

Performing arts venues can be found across the area—from the Durham Performing Arts Center to PNC Arena and the Raleigh Improv Comedy Club, the Triangle hosts local, national, and international artists, shows, entertainment, and exhibits.

Enjoy festivals? The Triangle is home to the American Dance Festival, the N.C. State Fair, Hopscotch Music Festival, J. Cole's Dreamville Festival, Artsplosure, and Out! Raleigh Pride, along with countless more local festivals and street fairs throughout the year.

Sports and Recreation

Home to North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University, among others, you'll find some of the nation's best rivalries in college sports. Feel the energy at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game, or catch the NC Courage and North Carolina FC in action at WakeMed Soccer Park. Baseball fans can take in a Durham Bulls or Carolina Mudcats game and enjoy special events at both stadiums, from Friday Night Fireworks to Bark in the Park, and even Camp Out Nights.

For those who'd rather play than watch, it's easy to find your activity or sport of choice—for any age—from recreational leagues, bike-friendly roads, and golf courses to pickleball courts and the annual City of Oaks Marathon.

Travel and Transit

Here you are as close to the mountains as you are to the beaches of North Carolina—both of which happen to be some of the most beautiful and the country, and you're halfway between Miami and New York City. Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) Airport is easy to navigate and offers a gateway to many destinations across the United States around the world.

Local attractions, activities from the mountains to the coast, and RDU airport make it easy to plan staycations, day trips, weekend getaways or global adventures.


In addition to three major universities, our area includes 12 colleges and universities and eight community colleges. Education is power, and the Triangle attracts some of the brightest minds. We are proud to be home to three HBCUs, the largest women's college in the Southeast, four seminaries, and thriving technical colleges.

The Triangle area offers an incredible range of educational opportunities, from K-12 public school systems to application, early college, magnet, and year-round schools. There are also charter, independent and international options as well as accredited Montessori, Waldorf, and Emerson schools.


Our mild year-round weather showcasing four distinct seasons is another reason the Triangle ranks high on places to live. Spring typically begins in early March with temperatures in the 70s; summer is hot and humid with plenty of sunny days and temperatures in the 80s and 90s; fall brings a cascade of colors and even more beautiful weather with highs in 60s and 70s; and with average highs in the 50s (but sometimes dipping well below or above) and overnight lows in the 30s, winter can mean playing close attention to the weather forecast. And, yes occasionally, there is snow!

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