Look around Raleigh and you can see beauty everywhere. From the dense woods and forests to the small animals hiding in thickets, Raleigh is home to more than just people.
The city of Raleigh is growing at a fast clip. The Census Bureau figures for 2010 show a population of 403,892 and the estimates for 2015 is 451,066. This is an 11.6 percent increase over five years. Of the 2010 population figures, 57.5 percent identify as white, 29.3 percent as black or African-American, 11.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 4.3 percent as Asian, and 0.5 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native. 2.6 percent of the population identifies as two or more races.
Of those born outside the United States, 13.3 percent of the population is foreign born and 17.4 percent speak another language other than English at home.
As many as 21,562 veterans make Raleigh their home. The city is also home to slightly more females than the national average (51.7 percent compared to 50.8 percent).
The average temperature in Raleigh is 60.8 degrees F. Although the temperatures do not drop in the winter as low as some other states, the temperatures are just cool enough to stay away from the windy beaches nearby. The annual high temperature is 71.3 degrees and the annual low temperature is 50.3 degrees on average. The coldest month tends to be January with a high temperature of 51 degrees and low temperature of 32 degrees on average. The summer months can reach into the high 80s on average.
The average precipitation (rainfall) is 46.58 inches per year. Each month receives an average of three to four and one-half inches of rainfall. The rainfall and damage from hurricanes as well as the resulting flash flooding are a real threat to the city and surrounding areas. During a hurricane, listen to local emergency broadcasts and be prepared to evacuate ahead of time. If you are purchasing a home in Raleigh, find out what you need to do prepare your home for a hurricane, such as installing shutters to protect windows.
FEMA suggests videotaping your possessions prior to the storm and possible flooding for insurance purposes.
Raleigh and the State of North Carolina boast beautiful wooded areas with plants and animals galore. The forests are a mix of hardwood and mixed conifers. The city has more than 9,000 acres devoted to its more than 200 parks and hiking trails. The state is home to 655 species of trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Some of the trees you can find in Wake County include Southern sugar maple, chalk maple, red maple, Carolina red maple, painted buckeye, pawpaw, devil’s walkingstick, river birch, pignut hickory, bitternut hickory, sand hickory, sugarberry, fringe tree, flowering dogwood, sunny hawthorn, white ash, black walnut, sweetgum, Virginia pine, American sycamore, and more.
While hiking, you can find beavers, raccoons, deer, belted kingfishers, great blue herons, and other animals and birds.
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