From our generous green spaces to robust arts community, here’s a reminder of just a few of the things that make the City of Oaks so great.
by Ayn-Monique Klahre | Illustration by Jillian Ohl
213 Sunny days per year, on average
3 Nature preserves
118 Miles of greenway
174 Goals scored by Hurricanes player turned coach Rod Brind’Amour
7 Dog runs and dog parks
10 Colleges and universities
125 Miles of dedicated bike lanes
42 Pieces of public art in the Municipal Art
210 Inches around Raleigh’s Champion Black Oak
12 Public pickleball courts
2 Food halls
59 Musicians in the North Carolina Symphony
8 Public aquatic facilities
25 Incubators and coworking spaces
146 Square miles
93 Downtown murals created through the
Raleigh Murals Project
86 Years of Raleigh Little Theatre, the one of the oldest
continually operating community theaters
in the country!
36 Species of amphibians that live here
106 Public tennis courts
38 Dancers in the Carolina Ballet Company
190 Downtown restaurants
9 North Carolina Grammy nominees in 2021
5 Seasons of our women’s professional soccer team, the Carolina Courage
11 Downtown hotels
32 Together Raleigh bus shelters
1 Grand capitol building
Special thanks to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh Murals Project, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and Raleigh Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources for their help.
*Stats for Wake County, not just Raleigh.
This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of WALTER Magazine.