Raleigh, the capitol of North Carolina, is a fast-growing city in the middle of the state. Known as the "City of Oaks", almost 400,000 people lived here in 2008, up 40% from 2000. Raleigh has a diversified economy and is home to several colleges including NC State at Raleigh. This city is one of three in the so-called Research Triangle, the others being Durham and Chapel Hill.
There have been a number of successful projects to bring condominiums, shops, and restaurants to the downtown area. The city has several historic districts including the Fayetteville Historic District.