Raleigh is North Carolina’s state capital, so there are always exciting things to do and see. The city is constantly offering deals and special offers – save on the N.C. State Fair, enjoy a discounted cold beer at the Brewery Tour with Two Six Packs at Aviator Brewing Company, or dine at the elegant Midtown Grille.

If you’re moving to Raleigh in hopes of a job, you’re in luck. Raleigh is otherwise known as the “Triangle” because Raleigh, along with Chapel Hill and Durham, surrounds Research Triangle Park – a business complex containing more than 140 organizations employing about 38,000 people.

When you’re looking to escape from the daily grind, hop on any of the major highways centrally located around the Triangle and drive to a beach or the mountains. Before you put all of these things on your to-do list, you must first find a place to rent. Consider any of these Raleigh neighborhoods that are optimal for young professionals:

Morrisville

When you move to Morrisville, you’re sure to be surrounded with people your own age. Fourteen percent of its population is between 25-34 years old. This picturesque neighborhood is filled with plenty of parks, including Morrisville Community Park, Crabtree Creek Nature Park, and Indian Creek Greenway and Trailhead. Go for a stroll with your pup or grab your bike and enjoy the scenery.

Five Points

Located just northwest of downtown, this urban neighborhood is packed with movie theaters, restaurants and shops, so there’s always a variety of things to do. Popular eateries in the area include Snoopy​’s Hot Dogs, Bloomsbury Bistro and Lily’s Pizza.

You get the best of both rural and city life, as skyscrapers can be seen from some backyards in Five Points. The area has a walk score of 64, which means most amenities can be accessed by foot, saving you money on gas (bonus!).

North Hills

This particular neighborhood is being dubbed as Raleigh’s new “Midtown.” In the 1960s, the North Hills neighborhood was made up of multiple ranch homes and an enclosed shopping mall. It has evolved much since then, and has grown to include a mix of offices, restaurants, shops, homes and hotels. The male to female ratio is quite even, with 1,023 males and 962 females, according to City Data.

As far as employment goes, the highest number of males and females hold positions in management, with the next popular industry being business and financial operations.

Central Raleigh

Central Raleigh is the city’s business district and the most walkable location in Raleigh with a walk score of 75. Fayetteville Street is an oft-visited hot spot for its state capitol on one end and banks, offices, cafes, museums, restaurants and bars on the other. If you live in this neighborhood, you’ll be happy to discover that the Raleigh Farmers Market is right downtown, where you can enjoy fresh produce and baked goods.

Hillsborough

If you prefer walking over driving, this is another great neighborhood for you. Hillsborough boasts a walk score of 71, similar to Central Raleigh. NC State is located in this neighborhood, which makes it a hub for young professionals who may be looking to go back to school or get a job in education. Plus, there’s three public schools and one private school nearby to serve the younger families population.

Looking to do some networking? Check out Hillsborough Street, which is the central hub for social activity. Students from NC State and Meredith College typically gather here to enjoy the bevy of coffee shops, restaurants and bars. The street also hosts events, including Art It Up!, which showcases the thriving arts community in North Carolina.

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