County, North Carolina (population
627,846 in 2000) was established in 1771, and named in honor of
Margaret Wake, wife of the Royal Governor of the British colony of
Rated as one of the best places to live and work in America, Wake
County has a thriving tourist industry, with cultural offerings for
visitors and residents alike.
Carolina Museum of Art is located in Wake County and many
schedule at least a day there. Blue Ridge, the museum restaurant,
features culinary art and eclectic fare, from salads, sandwiches,
entrees, and weekend brunches while viewing mammoth sculptures and
beautifully landscaped grounds. There are generally food vendors at
the outdoor summer concerts and films, and you are welcome to bring
a picnic for outdoor programs also.
City Museum showcases Raleigh's history and traditions. Their
website has a monthly Raleigh Trivia page: "This
Month in History in Raleigh"
The beautiful white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the
majestic Blue Ridge Mountains are equidistant day-trips, and there
is so much to see and do in Wake County, that it has become a
favorite return vacation spot for visitors. Some of the fascinating
and historical sights are:
American Cultural Complex
Oak View County Park
Yates Mill County Park
Joel Lane House
Carolina Museum of History
Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Raney Local History Library
The Neuse River and the Cape Fear River provide the fishing,
swimming, picnicking, hiking, and camping that have become
synonymous with NC, and the Wake
County Parks and Recreation Department is also charged with the
preservation and presentation of many preserved historical sites and
Employment is high here, because Wake County and the state of
North Carolina have made this area even more attractive to employers
than to their tourists. Wake County is home of the world-renowned
Research Triangle Park. Industry, Research, Tourism, and Agriculture
all play their part in this diversified economy and job market.
Employers should note that Wake County has a high percentage of
population with a bachelor's degree or higher, and central to its
attraction for business is Within a local commute, are North
Carolina State University at Raleigh, Meredith
College, Wake Technical Community College, Durham Technical
Community College, Vance-Grandville Community College, Duke
University, and Shaw
University, among others.
Not quite Piedmont uplands nor yet the coastal plain of North
Carolina, the county edges are still rural with the traditional
farmhouses and small community churches, schools, and stores still
serve the family infrastructure of people who appreciate their
family and their heritage. Local historical societies are well
established and have worked to preserve and showcase this heritage.
Subdivisions and shopping centers abound, of course and Wake County
boasts a variety of museums and parks, shopping and restaurants.
The City of Raleigh,
established in 1792, is centered in Wake County. Raleigh is also the
capitol of the state of North Carolina.
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