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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 12 THE TRIANGLE e Triangle BY ALYSSA LAFARO Three unique cities, 30 miles, and the largest research park in the country — North Carolina's "Triangle" pulses with life. And it's not slowing down any time soon. In 2014, Wake County — home to the state capital of Raleigh, the Triangle's eastern most point — exceeded 1 million residents and, since 2010, has gained more than 123,000 new inhabitants. Its western neighbor is experiencing a similar shift: Durham County surpassed 300,000 people in 2015. Durham, the county seat and second point of the troika, pulled ahead of Winston- Salem as the fourth largest city in the state. Even Chapel Hill, the smallest corner of the Triangle, home to approximately 59,000 people, has undergone a 21.9-percent population increase since 2000. But the truth of the matter is this: North Carolina wasn't always the booming metropolis it is today. After World War II, especially, it was one of the poorest states in America. Fluctuating crop yields dictated the economy's success or failure, and jobs were few and far between. "Most people didn't believe the state would ever change," reports the website for Research Triangle Park (RTP) — a venture that would change the state and the world. In the 1960s, companies like the Chemstrand Corporation — creators of AstroTurf — and IBM moved into the park and grew their businesses. Actually, the latter's relocation there is said to be the reason why RTP is the research powerhouse it is today. Now called the "Silicon Valley of the East," RTP houses more than 200 companies and 55,000 experts who specialize in micro-electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and environmental sciences. People come from all over the world to work within this prestigious set of companies. The Triangle has, additionally, experienced tremendous growth thanks to the multitude of nearby universities. Celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, North Carolina State University in Raleigh is the area's largest, with more than 34,000 students enrolled and 8,300 faculty and staff employed. From textiles to veterinary medicine to engineering, this public research university offers 260-plus programs for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Another phenomenal public university — the oldest in the country, actually — lies 30 miles west in Chapel Hill. Established in 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) brings together the minds of more than 33,000 students, faculty and staff from all 100 North Carolina counties, 50 states and 21 different countries. It offers 78 bachelor's, 112 master's, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and its College of Arts and Sciences. UNC's most competitive sports rival sits just 15 minutes east down I-40 in Durham. Duke University is the largest and, perhaps, most well-known private college in the Triangle. Named after tobacco magnate Washington Duke — whose son James established the $40 million Duke Endowment — the college represents North Carolina's history as an agricultural center. Today, the private research university's 10 schools and colleges educate more than 15,500 students. It constantly ranks high on Forbes' college lists including "Best U.S. College for International Students," "America's Best Employers," and "Best Colleges in the South." Beyond the big three, the Triangle houses 13-plus other higher learning institutions — creating an educational trifecta credited for the 44 percent of residents with a >> technology, tutelage, and entertainment

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