The Research Triangle Park

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Quality of Life

The Research Triangle Park is in a prime location with a temperate climate, lush natural settings, and proximity to the mountains and some of the East Coast’s most desired coastline. Throw in a menu of cultural and sporting events, top-ranked health care and school systems, the famous Southern hospitality and it’s easy to see why the population of the state is growing at twice the national average. (See related information links for more information on population, demographics and quality of living.)

  • #1 America's Best City (Raleigh, NC) – Businessweek, September 2011
  • #4 Top Place to Live in 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – RelocateAmerica, August 2011
  • #8 Safest City in the U.S. (Cary, NC) – CQ Press, November 2010
  • #1 Quality of Life (Raleigh, NC) –, May 2010
  • #2 Brainiest Cities (Durham, NC) – The Daily Beast, 2010
  • #10 Great City for Raising Families (Raleigh, NC) – Kiplinger’s, August 2010


The Triangle region offers a temperate climate with four distinct seasons.

  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June
Ave High 50°F 54°F 62°F 72°F 79°F 86°F
Ave Low 30°F 32°F 39°F 46°F 55°F 64°F
Ave Precipitation 4.02" 3.47" 4.03" 2.80" 3.79" 3.42"
  July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Ave High 89°F 87°F 81°F 72°F 62°F 53°F
Ave Low 69°F 67°F 61°F 48°F 40°F 33°F
Ave Precipitation 4.29" 3.78" 4.26" 3.18" 2.97" 3.04"


Average annual snowfall 5.6"
Average annual precipitation 46.4"

Source: 2011 National Climate Data Center and (Raleigh-Durham International Airport)