County, North Carolina is a warm and welcoming place to visit. Some come for
the climate and the related recreation, some on business or for the history, and
some for the exciting sports teams. Wake County has a daily income from tourism
of $3.1 million.
Many are so attracted that they move here. Wake County is consistently rated as one of the best
places to live and work in America. Employment is consistently high. The
of Wake county is 627,846 (in 2000). Wake County and North Carolina work
hard and successfully to attract new commercial and industrial businesses and to
expand and diversify the tax base, but Tourism alone contributes almost 22,000
Wake County jobs in the hospitality, retail, and other service sectors.
A 1959 State of North Carolina initiative
established the now world renowned Research Triangle Park here.
Education is prized and the percentage of population
with a bachelor's degree or higher is well above the average for the State of
North Carolina. A few local institutions of higher learning are:
Carolina State University, Raleigh
Durham Technical Community College
Not quite Piedmont
uplands nor yet the coastal plain of North Carolina, the county edges are still
rural with the traditional farmhouses and small community churches, schools, and
stores still serve the family infrastructure of people who appreciate their
family and their heritage. Local historical societies are well established and
have worked to preserve and showcase this heritage. Subdivisions and shopping
centers abound, of course and Wake County boasts a variety of museums and parks,
shopping and restaurants.
Established in 1771, Wake County was named for
London heiress Margaret Wake, wife of the Royal Governor of the British colony
of North Carolina. In 1792, the City of Raleigh, which is located in the heart
of Wake County, was named the State Capitol. Despite the severe economic blow of
the Reconstruction after the Civil War, cotton and tobacco were still the base
of the economy until after WWII and Federal government limits on cotton and
tobacco production. Wake County stayed primarily rural until mechanization
reduced the number of laborers needed for farming.
The Neuse River and
the Cape Fear River drain the County, and provide varied recreation such as
fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, and camping. The
Wake County Parks and
Recreation Department also provide many preserved historical sites and
North Carolina Museum of Art,
the Raleigh City Museum, the
Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the
North Carolina Museum of History
are favorite tourist spots in Wake County.