Posted by Rachel Torres in Raleigh, Home Building Industry

Updated May 2023

So you’re considering a move to the Raleigh, North Carolina area, and you want to know where the best places to live are! M/I Homes is delighted to build in some of the best areas in the Raleigh region. Raleigh itself was recently named the #6 place to live in the US!

We created a guide to living in The Triangle, NC so you know where the best North Carolina town is to call home.

All About The Triangle in North Carolina

From its pleasant, warm climate to its plentiful career opportunities and everything in between, The Triangle affords its residents great places to live, work, and play.

Counties in The Triangle, NC

This area of the state of North Carolina touches the counties of Wake, Durham, and Orange. Many people say that the name stemmed from the 3 major colleges represented here, but The Triangle’s the esteemed name came from its 3 main cities: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

Downtown Raleigh

Map of The Triangle Area

Making one’s way around the bustling cities in The Triangle is made easy with convenient major roadways, including I-40, I-440, Hwy 540, and The Triangle Expressway.

To really get a feel for what your daily commute from your dream home to work could look like, take a look at our map and available homes for sale in The Triangle area!

Things to Do in The Triangle, NC

In addition to finding the best places to live and work, you want to love where you live! Fortunately, The Triangle provides endless things to do for any age, right in your own backyard.

Families will find plenty of crowd-pleasing activities for all to participate in and enjoy in and around The Triangle:

  • Umstead Park: Take in an invigorating nature walk and appreciate the North Carolina outdoor scenery!
  • Pullen Park: From amusement park attractions to outdoor theatre productions and so much more, this diverse park has something for everyone.
  • Marbles Kids Museum: Your kids can enjoy a day full of playing and learning at this fascinating museum with a wide variety of exhibits and programs.
  • Durham Bulls Baseball: Is there anything better than enjoying a summer evening at a baseball game as a family, fresh hot dog in hand? Plan a family fun night with the Bulls’ game schedule.
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If your career is your reason for moving to The Triangle, scope out these enjoyable things to do on the weeknights or weekends:

  • Happy Hour Hotspots: Unwind with a cold craft brew in any of the fine restaurants or bars in Downtown Durham, Downtown Raleigh, or Chapel Hill. The booming craft beer and restaurant scene is the perfect way to get out and explore this great area.
  • College Sports: With Duke University, The University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and the Carolina Hurricanes right in your backyard in The Triangle, your inner sports fan will have found heaven on earth! Find out the latest sports news and game schedules.

The finer things in life (to enjoy on your own, with friends, or even with the grandkids) are also right at your fingertips when you live in the Raleigh area:

  • Raulston Arboretum: A pleasant walk through the gardens at the renowned JC Raulston Arboretum can both expand your knowledge of local flora and fauna as well as transcend you to an afternoon of ultimate relaxation.
  • Performing Arts Centers: Sometimes an evening out at the symphony is just what the doctor ordered. Find a range of events to choose from at either Duke Energy Center or Durham Performing Arts Center.
Father Walking Hand-in-Hand With Child

Best Places to Live in Raleigh, NC Area

Raleigh and its surrounding North Carolina cities are excellent places to live, due to their wide variety of career opportunities, schools, safe suburbs, many activities, and so much more. Read our absolute favorite things about Raleigh!

The best area to live in the lovely Raleigh region all boils down to what matters most to you. To make your decision easier, M/I Homes builds new construction homes in only the best areas that The Triangle has to offer:

  1. Raleigh
  2. Holly Springs
  3. Durham
  4. Chapel Hill
  5. Apex
  6. Garner

Best Places to Live Around Raleigh, NC for Families

Although you won’t hear your new Raleigh neighbors use the term suburbs, The Triangle provides wonderful neighborhoods that you’ll be proud to raise your family in, due to their safety, variety of schools, and more.

Holly Springs, Apex, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh are all perfect options for families to live in the Triangle.

If you’re looking for even more information, check out Niche’s highly rated areas.

People Eating at Restaurant

Current homeowners throughout this area of North Carolina not only speak highly of their neighborhoods, but also of the many ways they’ve settled into home sweet home in The Triangle.

From finding the home they’ve always dreamed of to making lifelong friendships, here are a few highlights from what other Raleigh homeowners have to say:

  • “The M/I Team’s expertise and the community atmosphere truly sets them apart.” – Carlos and Susanne
  • “Activities that pull the community kids together will naturally bring the adults as well. Plus, they can be a blast!” – Ellen
  • “We were able to close on our home feeling confident in the investment we were making.” – Chelsie

Still have questions about which is the best city in The Triangle for your lifestyle? Take this fun quiz to find out!

Are you ready to make the move to the Raleigh area? From relocating with ease to feeling at home in your new neighborhood, our expert local team is here to help.

Keep this page bookmarked to stay up to date on the latest and greatest news about the best places to live around Raleigh, NC, and contact me when you’re ready for the next step in making this wonderful area in North Carolina your home!


Rachel Torres
Rachel Torres


Rachel started her real estate career with M/I Homes in June 2017. Prior to her role as an Internet Sales Manager, she assisted buyers all over the Triangle area as a New Home Consultant. Rachel grew up in Raleigh and stayed close to home, attending North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). She currently lives in Durham in a home she built with M/I Homes, and she appreciates everything the growing area has to offer. Rachel loves helping buyers begin the exciting journey of homeownership. She believes communication is key and the customer experience is the primary focus. When she’s not working, Rachel enjoys taking family walks through the neighborhood, catching up on reading for book club, and playing with her sweet, silly toddler.

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