Raleigh, NC

The City of Oaks, Located in the beautiful Wake County


Wake County is located in the Piedmont region of the state. The bordering counties are: Granville, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Harnett, Chatham, and Durham. Wake County was founded in 1771. It was named in honor of Margaret Wake, wife of then governor William Tryon. In 1792, Raleigh was established as the Wake County Seat.

Wake County Government

The county is governed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, a seven-member board of county commissioners, elected at large to serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered so that, every two years, three or four Commissioners are up for election. The commissioners enact policies such as establishment of the property tax rate, regulation of land use and zoning outside municipal jurisdictions, and adoption of the annual budget. Commissioners meet on the first and third Mondays of each month. Current members of the Board are Paul Coble (Chair), Phil Matthews (Vice-Chair), Joe Bryan, Tony Gurley, Ervin Portman, Betty Lou Ward, and James West. David Cooke is the County Manager.(Pictured)

Raleigh's Government

The city of Raleigh operates under a council-manager government. Raleigh's City Counsel consists of eight members; all seats, including the mayor's(Nancy McFarlane), are open for election every two years. Five of the council seats are district representatives and two seats are citywide representatives elected at large.

Things to do, Places to see

Wake County is home to a plethora of Museums, many differing in their subject matter. There is Montfort Hall, the Mordecai House, and the NC Museum of History. If you're a "sports and leisure" type, Wake offers a multitude of Professional and Collegiate teams to watch, including: NHL Hurricanes, AFL Cobras, GBA Bullfrogs, and the NC State Wolfpack.

The Great Outdoors

Wake County hosts a moderate subtropical climate, allowing for hot and humid summers and average winters. Many majestic natural landmarks call Wake County home, including: Lake Crabtree, Lake Johnson, the Neuse River, and Jordan Lake. Much of Wake County features gentle hills sloping towards the Coastal Plains.

Come see us

You won't regret it