Historical Populations

1800 699
1900 13,643
1910 19,218
1920 24,418
1930 37,379
1940 46,879
1950 65,679
1960 93,931
1970 122,830
1980 150,255
1990 212,092
2000 276,093
2005 335,512
2006 353,604


Raleigh History

Named for historian and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, the City of Oaks was founded on 1,000 wooded acres. Raleigh was selected as the site of a new state capital in 1788 and established in 1792 as both the new county seat and the new state capital.

The site was chosen as being within ten miles of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, which was apparently popular with the legislators of the time. No city or town existed on the site before it was chosen to house the capital. Raleigh is one of the few cities in the U.S. planned and built specifically to serve as a state capital.

The North Carolina General Assembly first met in Raleigh in December 1794, and within one month, the legislature officially granted the city a charter, with a board of seven appointed commissioners (starting in 1803, elected by the people) and an "Intendant of Police" (what would later be called "Mayor") to govern it. John Haywood was the first Intendant of Police.

Despite being spared destruction in the Civil War, Raleigh grew very little from its original 1792 size until the introduction of streetcar lines in the 1920's, the establishment of the Research Triangle Park in the 1950's, and a freeway known as the Beltline (I-440/US-1/US-64) in the 1960's.

 Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

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