2,022 Reasons to Love Raleigh

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

18 Museums*

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

35 Breweries*

38 Dancers in the Carolina Ballet Company

190 Downtown restaurants

9 North Carolina Grammy nominees in 2021

200 Parks

5 Seasons of our women’s professional soccer team, the Carolina Courage

11 Downtown hotels

8 Distilleries*

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.