Raleigh, NC

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Population

1.34M

2.47% growth

Median Age

36.8


Median Household Income

$72,576

1.24% growth

Poverty Rate

11.1%


Number of Employees

692,607

2.71% growth

Median Property Value

$244,500

2.86% growth

About

In 2017, Raleigh, NC had a population of 1.34M people with a median age of 36.8 and a median household income of $72,576. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Raleigh, NC grew from 1.3M to 1.34M, a 2.47% increase and its median household income grew from $71,685 to $72,576, a 1.24% increase.

The population of Raleigh, NC is 61.2% White Alone, 19.2% Black or African American Alone, and 10.7% Hispanic or Latino. 15.2% of the people in Raleigh, NC speak a non-English language, and 92% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Raleigh, NC are North Carolina State University at Raleigh (8,924 degrees awarded in 2016), Wake Technical Community College (4,311 degrees), and Johnston Community College (1,155 degrees).

The median property value in Raleigh, NC is $244,500, and the homeownership rate is 67%. Most people in Raleigh, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Raleigh, NC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Raleigh, NC employs 693k people. The largest industries in Raleigh, NC are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (90,865 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (83,109 people), and Manufacturing (66,962 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($97,270), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,102), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,310).

Median household income in Raleigh, NC is $72,576. Males in Raleigh, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,208. The income inequality in Raleigh, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$72,576

2017 value

± $1,931

1.24%

1 Year Growth

± 3.58%

Households in Raleigh, NC have a median annual income of $72,576, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $71,685 in 2016, which represents a 1.24% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,048

Average Male Salary

± $1,147

$46,208

Average Female Salary

± $809

In 2017, full-time male employees in Raleigh, NC made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $63,340 ± $4,747

  2. White

    $51,739 ± $820

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $47,717 ± $31,159

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Raleigh, NC workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Raleigh, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.474

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.293% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Raleigh, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $77,691, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $77,318 and $69,940.

The following map shows all of the counties in Raleigh, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Raleigh, NC (138k out of 1.25M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    74,470 ± 2,201

  2. Black

    40,148 ± 1,606

  3. Hispanic

    35,726 ± 1,499

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Raleigh, NC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

693k

2017 Value

± 15,573

2.71%

1 Year growth

± 3.08%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Raleigh, NC grew at a rate of 2.71%, from 674k employees to 693k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Raleigh, NC, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (49,570 people), Software Developers & Programmers (23,447 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (19,605 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Raleigh, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Raleigh, NC, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (49,570 people), Software Developers & Programmers (23,447 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (19,605 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Raleigh, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (4.89 times higher than expected), Database & Systems Administrators & Network Architects (3.06 times), and Life & Physical Scientists (2.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Raleigh, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($84,382), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,381), and Management Occupations ($78,140).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

693k

2017 Value

± 15,573

2.71%

1 Year growth

± 3.08%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Raleigh, NC grew at a rate of 2.71%, from 674k employees to 693k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Raleigh, NC, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (90,865 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (83,109 people), and Manufacturing (66,962 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Raleigh, NC, though some of these residents may live in Raleigh, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Raleigh, NC, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (90,865 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (83,109 people), and Manufacturing (66,962 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Raleigh, NC has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.76 times higher than expected), Information (1.22 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Raleigh, NC, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($97,270), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,102), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,310).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals with $35.3B and Machinery and $34.5B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90% of the population of Raleigh, NC has health coverage, with 55.6% on employee plans, 11.9% on Medicaid, 8.66% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.21% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Raleigh, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Raleigh, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.99%

Uninsured

55.6%

Employer Coverage

11.9%

Medicaid

8.66%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

1.21%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Raleigh, NC grew by 20.2% from 8.31% to 9.99%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Raleigh, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Raleigh, NC is home to a population of 1.34M people, from which 92% are citizens. As of 2017, 11.5% of Raleigh, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Raleigh, NC is composed of 817k White Alone residents (61.2%), 256k Black or African American Alone residents (19.2%), 142k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.7%), 77.2k Asian Alone residents (5.78%), 29.9k Two or More Races residents (2.24%), 8.17k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.612%), 4.17k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.312%), and 425 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0318%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Raleigh, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (100,408 speakers), Other Asian Languages (14,347 speakers), and Chinese (8,996 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Raleigh, NC was 36.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Raleigh, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Raleigh, NC residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 11.5% of Raleigh, NC residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Raleigh, NC was 11.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,569 ± 11,827 people

  2. India

    71,743 ± 6,553 people

  3. Honduras

    36,265 ± 4,667 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Raleigh, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 237,569 Raleigh, NC residents, followed by India with 71,743 and Honduras with 36,265.

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Citizenship

92%

2017 Citizenship

93.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92% of Raleigh, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Raleigh, NC was 93.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    817k ± 2.33k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    256k ± 4.44k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    142k ± 11.2k

In 2017, there were 3.19 times more White Alone residents (817k people) in Raleigh, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 256k Black or African American Alone and 142k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Raleigh, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    100,408 speakers (8.42%)

  2. Other Asian Languages

    14,347 speakers (1.2%)

  3. Chinese

    8,996 speakers (0.754%)

15.2% of Raleigh, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Raleigh, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 8.42% of the overall population of Raleigh, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.2% speak Other Asian Languages and 0.754% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    19,091 ± 1,668

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    15,552 ± 2,793

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    15,269 ± 2,331

Raleigh, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Raleigh, NC awarded 18,173 degrees. The student population of Raleigh, NC is skewed towards women, with 36,501 male students and 39,604 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Raleigh, NC are White (10,363 and 62.1%), followed by Black or African American (2,983 and 17.9%), Unknown (1,258 and 7.54%), and Hispanic or Latino (998 and 5.98%).

The largest universities in Raleigh, NC by number of degrees awarded are North Carolina State University at Raleigh (8,924 and 49.1%), Wake Technical Community College (4,311 and 23.7%), and Johnston Community College (1,155 and 6.36%).

The most popular majors in Raleigh, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,587 and 8.73%), General Business Administration & Management (1,571 and 8.64%), and Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications (568 and 3.13%).

The median tuition costs in Raleigh, NC are $12,890 for private four year colleges, and $6,407 and $23,926 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 759 degrees awarded

  2. 418 degrees awarded

  3. 295 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Raleigh, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 759 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Raleigh, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 8,924 degrees awarded

  2. 4,311 degrees awarded

  3. 1,155 degrees awarded

$6,407

Median In-State Public

$12,890

Median Private

In 2016, the Raleigh, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was North Carolina State University at Raleigh with 8,924 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8,860

Degrees Awarded to Men

9,313

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 8,860 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Raleigh, NC, which is 0.951 times less than the 9,313 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Raleigh, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    10,363 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    2,983 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    1,258 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Raleigh, NC were to White students. These 10,363 degrees mean that there were 3.47 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,983 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Raleigh, NC was $244,500 in 2017, which is 1.12 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $237,700 to $244,500, a 2.86% increase. The homeownership rate in Raleigh, NC is 67%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Raleigh, NC have an average commute time of 24.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Raleigh, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$72,576

Median Household Income

± $1,931

494k

Number of Households

± 11,943

In 2017, the median household income of the 494k households in Raleigh, NC grew to $72,576 from the previous year's value of $71,685.

The following chart displays the households in Raleigh, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$244,500

2017 Median

± $3,995

$237,700

2016 Median

± $4,638

In 2017, the median property value in Raleigh, NC grew to to $244,500 from the previous year's value of $237,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Raleigh, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Raleigh, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Raleigh, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Raleigh, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

67%

2017 Homeownership

64.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67% of the housing units in Raleigh, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Raleigh, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Raleigh, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Raleigh, NC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Raleigh, NC have a shorter commute time (24.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.8% of the workforce in Raleigh, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80%

  2. Worked At Home

    9.1%

  3. Carpooled

    7.97%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Raleigh, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Worked At Home and those who Carpooled.

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