The Triangle is an eight country region anchored by Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Other cities included in the area are Cary, Wake Forrest and Apex among others. The name “The Triangle” became synonymous with the area in the 1950’s after the creation of the Research Triangle Park. Home to the largest research park in the United States, the Research Triangle Park is a 7,000 acre development that is home to more than 170high-tech companies and enterprises.
Durham originated in 1853 with the search for a suitable railroad depot. The rapid growth and prosperity of the Bull Durham Tobacco Company, and Washington Duke’s Duke & Sons Tobacco Company, resulted in the rapid growth of the city. Today, Durham is the fifth largest city in the state, and is the home of Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Durham is a community that is home to over 300 restaurants, more than 40 annual festivals, Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball, art & science museums, and world-class medical facilities.
Raleigh was chosen as the site of a new state capital in 1788. It is the second most populous city in North Carolina after Charlotte. Since 2006, it has been the 15th fastest growing city in the United States with a population that has grown by more than 100,000 since 2000. Raleigh continues to top the “Best of” Lists including third most wired city according to Forbes.com (January 2009), and in June of 2008 MSNBC ranked it the “best place in the US to be right now”.
About Chapel Hill
Located in the southeast corner of Orange County, Chapel Hill, or at least the town center, indeed sits atop a hill which was originally occupied by a small Anglican “chapel of ease”, built in 1752, known as New Hope Chapel. Chapel Hill is the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), the oldest state-supported university in the U.S. Whether you are an avid music lover, theatergoer, poet, gardener, or sports fan, there is always something going on in Chapel Hill.