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What exactly is the Research Triangle? The Research Triangle, aka The Triangle, is a section of North Carolina with a population of a little over two million and anchored by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill with a vast science and medicine industry.  In these cities, the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill along with NC State and Duke Universities help to create the area’s dynamic, passionate, and constantly evolving culture and society.  Really, The Triangle, considered one of the best places to live, is like one big city with multiple different communities that possesses a delicious food scene, a vibrant arts culture, and a strong young professionals community.

If you are considering moving to the area, looking to learn more, or just trying to get your bearings, we encourage you to check out the below sites.  We love The Triangle, and we hope you do too! Need more recommendations or have a question about living in The Triangle? !


A sample of the vast local art culture


There’s something for everyone, all the time


For kids and kids at heart


College and professional

  • UNC Basketball Game – An obvious favorite in the Dean Smith Center.  Tickets can be found, we promise. And yes, there are other ACC schools right here in the Triangle as well but you must choose your allegiance wisely.
  • Carolina Hurricanes – North Carolina’s professional hockey team.
  • Carolina Railhawks – North Carolina’s professional soccer team.
  • Durham Bulls – A great minor league baseball stadium that also serves local NC beer.


Everything you could need

  • Cameron’s – Quaint shop in Carrboro where you can get unique gift for special occasions.
  • Southpoint Mall – The big and nice mall in the area with a movie theatre and Target nearby.  There is also a Best Buy, World Market, Pier 1, and Nordstrom Rack across the street.
  • Brightleaf Square – High end shopping for clothes/gifts with nice restaurants nearby
  • 9th Street in Durham – Near Duke campus with lots of cute shops that make for good gifts.
  • Carr Mill Mall – In Carrboro with some shops and good restaurants in side.
  • Crabtree Valley Mall – Really the high-end mall in Raleigh
  • Cameron Village Shopping Center – Outdoor mall in Raleigh that they are quite proud of
  • Meadowmont – Essentially a little community in Chapel Hill with stores and restaurants
  • University Mall – A funky mall in Chapel Hill with some high end and obscure stores.  Also houses Southern Season which is one of the best gourmet food/cooking stores you’ll find.
  • The Shops at Eastgate – You’ll find your Trader Joe’s, Performance Bike, Jos A Bank, etc.
  • Lumina Clothing – Locally made men’s clothing in Raleigh
  • Raleigh Denim – Locally made jeans/denim
  • Vert and Vogue – Unique boutique clothing store in Brightleaf Square
  • Flyleaf Books – Because sometimes you want a book store! Phenomenal Chapel Hill place.
  • Brier Creek Commons – An large outdoor mall near RDU airport w/ lots of food options as well.


A few of the local venues and cultural experiences

Great Outdoors

Resident recommended!


As you can see, there is a lot to do in the area, and every month there are more activities to be found, restaurants opening, and events happening. We hope you can take the time to enjoy some of our favorites.