When I get calls from people considering relocating to the Triangle I often hear “We are moving to Raleigh, will you help us find the best neighborhood?” Raleigh doesn’t usually mean Raleigh but one of the many towns in the Triangle. I want to answer the question, What is the Triangle and what towns are included besides Raleigh?
- Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, Points of the Triangle
- University Towns
- Expanding Area
- Towns I would include in the Triangle:
- Triangle Counties- Wake, Durham, Chatham, and Orange
- Wake County
- Orange County
- Tobacco town then
- Hip part of the Triangle now
- Chatham County
- Johnston County
- The weather
- It’s big and varied
- Triangle Area Real Estate
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Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, Points of the Triangle
Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are towns in NC that form the points of a triangle. The area has been called the Triangle since the 60’s, named after Research Triangle Park. RTP is a research industrial park about 7 miles long and 2 miles long located in Durham County in about the middle of the Triangle.
Each of the 3 towns has a large university. Chapel Hill is the home of the University of North Carolina (UNC), Duke University is in Durham and NC State is located in Raleigh. The 3 cities are about 30 minutes apart. Duke and UNC Have huge Medical Centers
As time has gone on more towns and counties are considered part of the Triangle even though they don’t fit in the triangle of Raleigh , Durham and Chapel Hill. You may have heard of Cary (not so little any more with 160,000 residents). Carrboro is adjacent to Chapel Hill. The Triangle area includes 5 counties Wake, Durham, Orange, and parts of Chatham and Johnston Counties. The Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area has a population of around 2 million people.
Towns I would include in the Triangle:
Wake County – Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville,Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon.
Orange County -Chapel Hill and Hillsborough
Durham County– Durham City
Johnston County-Clayton (I don’t show homes in Johnston County and can refer you to a very good agent)
Triangle Counties- Wake, Durham, Chatham, and Orange
Wake County has several towns that share a school district, the Wake County Public Schools.
Cary, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner,Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville,Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon are all towns in Wake County.
Raleigh is in Wake County and is the state capital. There are around 425,0000 people living in Raleigh Metro Area.
Hillsborough is the county seat of Orange County. There are two school districts in Orange County. the Orange County Public Schools and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District.
The University of North Carolina is in Chapel Hill. Take a drive down Franklin Street in Chapel Hill with me.
Durham is a large county with the population of around 250,000. The school system is Durham County Public Schools.
Tobacco town then
When I moved to the Triangle back in the early 80’s Durham was pretty much a tobacco town. Not too far out in Durham County farmers raised tobacco and dried it in tobacco barns. In the city of Durham old factories processed the tobacco. It seemed everyone smoked in Durham back then.
Hip part of the Triangle now
The old tobacco warehouses have been converted into shops, offices and commercial space. New restaurants have opened and the music scene is lively. Lots of Triangle residents come to Durham now and many live and work there.
Chatham County was the forgotten county when I first moved to Chapel Hill. It wasn’t even mentioned in the local news or weather forecasts. Things have really changed over the years and now the area is called the next Cary. Development is moving into the area in a very big way.
The Chatham County Schools are good, especially in the area between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. You can get a new home with a great price in Chatham. Pittsboro is the county seat.
Jordan Lake is a 14,000 acre lake with camping, fishing, boat ramps and kayak and canoe tours. You will see all kinds of wildlife around the lake. There are no homes built on the lake. It’s a reservoir for the area including Cary.
We have seasons and both very hot and very cold weather, at least for a day or two. Most of the year it’s wonderful even in the winter and summer. Sometimes people are surprised that we usually have a snow or two every year especially when I say the secondary roads aren’t plowed. It doesn’t matter, everything closes and it melts in a day or so.
It’s big and varied
The Triangle is a huge area . It helps to have an idea what kind of commute you want to the office, school or the airport. If schools are a priority you will want to do some research. I can help with that and have more information on my Chapel Hill web site and Cary web site.
Come for a visit and find out what the Triangle has to offer.
Triangle Area Real Estate
W2 Development DBA Triangle Area Real Estate was licensed and incorporated in 1996. My husband Chip had the company for his commercial real estate and development. When I left Coldwell Banker in 2011 after 13 years as a broker in Chapel Hill and the Triangle I became the broker in charge of Triangle Area Real Estate. More about me and Chip on out about page.
Find out about working with me as your buyers agent.
Because the Triangle has so many counties and towns there are micro markets with different price ranges, lot sizes, school systems and neighborhoods. My area of focus includes Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Chatham County north and east of Pittsboro, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Morrisville. My husband Chip usually shows Durham,Raleigh and Fuquay Varina.
Here is a chart of the trends in the entire TMLS
by Marianne Howell Wright
Triangle Area Real Estate