The towns and cities that surround Research Triangle Park are Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Raleigh is the biggest city within 30 minutes of Research Triangle Park and also happens to be the Capital of North Carolina.
If schools are going to be a factor in your relocation to North Carolina, you will want to do some research on Wake County Public Schools and Private Schools; if education is your primary criteria for your home search, the West side of Raleigh, Cary, and Apex, North Carolina or Orange County Schools may be the places you'll want to focus because they tend to have the higher test scores and pass rates in the area.
if you are looking for a bigger lot such as .5acres or more, you may want to focus on North Raleigh, NC because the lots tend to be bigger in North Raleigh than in Cary or Apex.
As you begin to hone in on an area, make sure you check the proximity to the airport, especially if airplane noise bothers you. Many folk who are interested in schools and in being within a short driving distance to Research Triangle Park (RTP) end up purchasing on the Western side of Wake County which may be in the flight plan. It is recommended by the Raleigh Durham Airport authority that you sit outside and listen to the noise for 2 hours prior to making and offer on a home to make sure the noise isn't too loud.
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