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Welcome to the Triangle!

“The Triangle” North Carolina area surrounds Research Triangle Park (RTP) and is made up of three distinct cities that form a triangle based on their geographical locations: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.  The region has numerous suburbs and an estimated population of 1.8 Million.

RTP, commonly called “The Park,” is named for the famous research park created in the late 1950s. Because of RTP and the world-class universities, the Triangle is recognized for being one of the top research areas in the country.

RDU is the name of the Raleigh Durham International Airport.

Celebrated for dominating ACC sports, the Triangle has three NCAA Universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. Wake Forest University also participates in the ACC but is located in Winston Salem and is part of the Triad region of North Carolina.

The Triangle is renowned for its world-class medical facilities. Durham is hailed as the “City of Medicine” with Duke University Health System being one of the largest medical employers in the state.  The UNC Health Care System is based in Chapel Hill and Wake Med is in Raleigh/Wake County.

IBM, Lenovo, SAS, Red Hat, Qualcomm, Bayer, the EPA, Cisco Systems, Burt’s Bees, GlaxoSmithKline, the US Forest Service, and Duke University are among the top employers in the Triangle.

The Triangle consistently ranks as one of the best regions in the USA to live and work.

  • The A & E Channel recognized Chapel Hill as the #2 city in their “Top Ten Cities to Have it All” and Money magazine rated the town as the #1 “Best Place to Live in the South.”
  • In 2009, Forbes Magazine ranked Durham #3 best place for business and career.
  • Raleigh is commonly called “The Smithsonian of The South” due to its world-class museums and historic sites.