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Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, the famed English soldier, adventurer, and poet. It is the capital of North Carolina and home to North Carolina State University, the state's largest university, as well as two historically black universities (Shaw University and Saint Augustine's College), and two liberal arts colleges (Meredith College, which is a women's college, and William Peace University, which recently became coeducational.)

With a plethora of things to see and do, Raleigh is a wonderful place to live, work, or visit.

In September 2011, named Raleigh "America's Best City" citing the restaurants, bars, museums, educational institutions and sports franchises as quality of life perks.

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  1. Sir Walter Raleigh, for whom the city is named, was beheaded in 1618.
  2. The Capitol Building was originally designed as the tomb for Governor Montfort Stokes’s wife.
  3. Raleigh is often referred to as the “City of Oaks” because of the beautiful forests of oak trees in the area.
  4. The first historically black university in the South, Shaw University is located in Raleigh.
  5. One of the greatest technological research parks in all of the world is located Raleigh, and features IBM, Cisco, Nortel Networks, Sony Ericsson, and Lenovo.

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