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Welcome to the Triangle …. The region described as “the flower of the Carolinas” more than 400 years ago that has

blossomed into one of the most desirable business and residential communities in the country.

Explorer Sir Walter Raleigh called North Carolina “the goodliest land under the cope of heaven.” More than 400 years

later, the little slice of heaven that bears the explorer’s name has transformed from an agrarian community to one of the

most prominent high-tech business centers in the country, as a member of the famed Research Triangle. Tradition also

reigns in the “City of Oaks,” which has been the capital of North Carolina since it was established in 1792.

Raleigh is one of very few cities designed to be a capital city, with streets laid out in an axis, with four public squares

and one central square, a pattern that has served it well for the recent growth that has taken the population to 431,746,.

It is the 42nd largest city in the country. Its neighbor and partner Durham adds nearly 250,000 more residents, helping

to add up to more than 2 million living in the Research Triangle of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.

That 19th century establishment of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill as a mecca for higher education set the stage for

the Triangle’s prominence in the national economy during the next century. Much of the region’s modern history was

determined in 1959 by the opening of Research Triangle Park, one of the largest research parks in the world located just

outside of Raleigh. Forging a connection between Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, Durham’s Duke University

and Chapel Hill’s University of North Carolina, the 7,000-acre high-tech research and development center not only

became home to nearly 200 companies and provided jobs to 50,000 workers, but it created an economic engine that

drove the entire region.

Raleigh is No. 1 on Forbes’ 2014 list of best places for business and careers, No. 12 in education and No. 25 in job

growth. It is also the No. 3 American Boomtown by Bloomberg. Durham has recently been hailed among the Top 10 Tech

Towns by Wired magazine and is No. 6 America’s Smartest List by Forbes. Cary, the third largest city in the region, has

made Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live list, as has Chapel Hill.

The city is home to a variety of businesses from varied industries, including banking/financial services; electrical,

medical, electronic and telecommunications equipment; food processing; and pharmaceutical. Local headquarters

include BB&T Insurance Services, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Carquest, First Citizens BancShares, Golden Corral,

Martin Marietta Materials and software company Red Hat.

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Money in 2014, No. 1 Fastest Growing City for Retirees (Raleigh) in 2013 and the No. 3 Most Optimistic U.S. Metro area

according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2012.

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hailed as one of the best collections between Washington D.C. and Atlanta, while the North Carolina Museum of Natural

Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast, with live programs, educational films and permanent

and special exhibits. The North Carolina Museum of History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute completes the

trifecta of much lauded museum offerings in town. In Durham, the Scrap Exchange is the largest nonprofit creative

reuse arts center in the country. Those museums, a mix of art galleries,10 local arboretums and botanical gardens and

other offerings attract more than 13 million visitors l to the Triangle each year. Many arrive through Raleigh-Durham

International Airport.

Durham’s food scene has reached acclaim, with Southern Living calling it “The Tastiest Town in the South” and Bon

Appétit giving it the No 1 ranking as America’s Foodiest Small Town.

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premiere higher education institutions in the state, but those colleges are also some of the most competitive basketball

towns in the nation.

The Blue Devils men’s basketball team at Durham’s Duke University is one of the winningest programs in NCAA

history, under the leadership of legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. The team has brought home the national championship

four times. The Tarheels at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the Wolfpack at NC State in Raleigh are

also major competitors in the Atlantic Coast Conference, creating a fun rivalry among the towns in the Triangle. And the

Wolfpack is one of the most storied teams in women’s basketball history.


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Chatham County


Chatham County was formed in 1771 from Orange County. It was named for William

Pitt, first Earl of Chatham, who served as British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1768

and opposed harsh colonial policies. In 1907, parts of Chatham County and Moore

County were combined to form Lee County.

Chatham is one of the fastest-growing counties in North Carolina and part of

the famous Research Triangle region. Its quality of life attracts a diverse resident

workforce and innovative companies that value local amenities such as strategic

location, abundant natural resources, and vibrant communities.

Whether one visits for just one day or books several nights, there is a bounty

of sights and activities to appeal to a variety of ages and diverse interests. Explore

Jordan Lake, Fearrington Village, bed and breakfasts, native flora, great golf, food

tours, wineries and wildlife sanctuary tours. There are endless opportunities for

birding, biking, dining, hiking, shopping and more.

Population: 65,976 County Seat: Pittsboro

Square Miles: 709 Median Income: $47,761

Millage Rate: 0.6219

Municipalities: Cary, Goldston, Pittsboro, Siler City, Albright, Baldwin,

Bear Creek, Cape Fear, Center, Gulf, Hadley, Hickory Mountain,

Matthews, New Hope, Oakland, Williams Census-designated places

Bennett: Fearrington Village, Gulf, Moncure Unincorporated communities:

Bear Creek, Bonlee, Brickhaven, Bynum, Carbonton, Corinth,

Crutchfield Crossroads, Haywood, Silk Hope, Wilsonville

Caswell County


Caswell County was formed from a section of Orange County in 1777. It was named

for Richard Caswell, Governor of North Carolina from 1776 to 1780, Leasburg was

the first county seat. In 1792, roughly the eastern half of Caswell County became

Person County. After the division, the Caswell center of government was moved to

the centrally-located community of Caswell Court House,

Yanceyville is home to an antebellum courthouse designed by William Percival

and more than 20 buildings built between 1830 and the Civil War. The county

hosts two major festivals a year: the “Bright Leaf Hoedown” and the “Spring Fling.”

The Hoedown is a one-day outdoor event held in late September in Yanceyville. It

features local food vendors, live entertainment, crafts and nonprofit organizations,

usually drawing more than 5,000 guests. The Spring Fling is a two-day event held

on a weekend in late April or early May on the grounds of the Providence Volunteer

Fire Department.

The Caswell County Parks and Recreation Department offers a full slate of

outdoor sports and activities, especially for children. Every May, the Caswell County

Historical Association holds the annual Heritage Festival celebrating the county’s

history through living history reenactments, tours, games, vendors and live music.

The Cherokee Scout Reservation is south of Yanceyville near Farmer’s Lake.

Population: 23,217 County Seat: Yanceyville

Median Income:$38,387 Millage Rate: 0.659

Square Miles: 428

Municipalities: Milton, Yanceyville

Franklin County


Franklin County was formed in 1779 from the southern half of Bute County. It is

named for one of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin and is a part of

the Research Triangle. Its residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with access to the

metropolitan amenities of Raleigh, the state capital, Durham and Chapel Hill.

For the sports fan there is major league hockey and minor league baseball. For those

with a curious nature there is an abundance of art, science and history museums,

the North Carolina Symphony, the American Dance Festival and Broadway touring


If outdoor adventures and fresh mountain air call to you, Franklin is situated in

the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. You don’t have to venture far to find

beautiful scenery, hiking, gem mining, fishing, history, and residents that will make

visitors feel right at home.

Population: 61,475 County Seat: Louisburg

Median Income: $43,433 Millage Rate: 0.8725

Square Miles: 495

Municipalities: Bunn, Centerville, Franklinton,

Louisburg, Wake Forest, Youngsville

Person County


In Person County residents care about the past and the future, though they are

most interested in the opportunities offered up by the present.

Located to the north of the bustling urban areas of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel

Hill, you’ll find the friendly confines of Person County. The area offers rural scenery

and small-town hospitality. Nestled among gently rolling hills sprinkled with forests

and farms, Person offers residents and visitors a chance to enjoy a gentler pace

with options for plenty of activities.

There is much to experience in Person County. From sports, theater, dance,


concerts, comedy and karaoke to the fun of bowling, skating, movies, state-of theart

games and a fast-action dragway, your only problem will be having a long enough

vacation to take in all the fun.

And when you’re planning your trip make sure you check the calendar ahead of

time for festivals and other special events.

For baseball fans in particular there’s the Enos Slaughter Exhibit. Slaughter

played in the Major Leagues during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. He was inducted into

the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. Slaughter played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the

New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Braves (before the team moved to Atlanta).

During his career, Slaughter played in five World Series -- on the winning side four


Population: 39,268 County Seat: Roxboro

Median Income: $22,453 Millage Rate: 0.70

Square Miles: 404

Municipalities: Roxboro CDP: Rougemont Townships: Allensville, Bushy

Fork, Cunningham, Flat River, Holloway, Mount Tirzah, Olive Hill,

Roxboro, Woodsdale

Granville County


Granville County was formed in 1746, named for John Carteret, second Earl

Granville. As heir to one of the eight original Lords Proprietors of the Province of

Carolina, he claimed one-eighth of the land granted in the charter of 1665. In 1752,

parts of Granville County, Bladen County, and Johnston County were combined to

form Orange County. In 1764, the eastern part of Granville County became Bute

County. Finally, in 1881, parts of Granville County, Franklin County, and Warren

County were combined to form Vance County.

Granville County today boasts good people and small-town atmospheres, just

minutes from the Triangle, and opportunities for business and personal growth.

Oxford’s oldest jailhouse, built in 1795, has been converted into a museum

dedicated to the collection and display of artifacts portraying Granville County’s

history. While the iron-barred cells are gone, the flavor of the earlier edifice is

present, augmented by new exhibits that include the Oxford-China Connection.

Today Granville is known for its small-town ambiance, history, colonial architecture

and varied recreational activities. Situated just north of Raleigh-Durham, it’s a

short drive from the big city, located right off of I-85 and only 20 minutes from the

Virginia state line. The county’s annual events include the North Carolina Hot Sauce

Contest in Oxford, the Creedmoor Music Festival and the always entertaining Butner

Chicken Pickin’ and many more.

Population: 60,436 County Seat: Smithfield

Median Income: $44,544

Millage Rate: 0.8250 Square Miles: 796

Municipalities:Creedmoor, Oxford Towns: Butner, Stem, Stovall Townships:

Brassfield, Dutchville, Fishing Creek, Oak Hill, Oxford

Harnett County


Harnett County was formed in 1855 from land given by Cumberland County. It was

named for American Revolutionary war soldier Cornelius Harnett, who was also a

delegate to the Continental Congress.

The first settlers came in the mid 1720s, and were followed by the Highland

“Scots.” The Scots settled in the foothills and after their defeat by the British, the

Scots came up the Cape Fear River in ever-increasing numbers and settled in

western Harnett County. The British also settled along the banks of the Cape Fear

River in the coastal area, generally from Erwin to Wilmington.

One of the last battles of the Civil War occurred in Averasboro near Erwin. General

Sherman’s army, on its march to the sea, defeated the army of General Hardee and

proceeded eastward. The centennial celebration of that event was held at the site

of the battlefield in 1965. Only after 1880, did the population begin to establish

itself in urban rather than rural areas. The municipalities of Erwin, Coats, Dunn and

Lillington evolved into trading/commercial areas.

Today more than one-fifth of the population resides in towns or villages.

Agriculture and agricultural products are the leading source of income in the county.

The preponderance of the population is either engaged directly in agriculture or

derives a major portion of its income from the economy created by agricultural

pursuits. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 601

square miles (1,556.6 sq km), of which 595 square miles (1,541.0 sq km) is land

and six square miles (15.5 sq km) (1.05%) is water.

According to Harnett.org: “Harnett County is now moving into the industrial

development phase. Community planning is being undertaken on an unprecedented

scale and new leadership is emerging which holds promise of broadening the


county’s economic base. The western and southwestern portion of Harnett County

could easily become the playground of East-Central Carolina. The terrain, the

geological character and its proximity to large and growing metropolitan areas place

this portion in an excellent competitive position. History is made by people, and the

people of Harnett County accept the challenge that tomorrow shall hold unlimited


Population: 122,135 County Seat: Lilington

Median Income: $44,242

Millage Rate: 0.75 Square Miles: 601

Municipalities: Angier, Coats, Dunn, Erwin, Lilington

Lee County


Lee County was established in 1907, carved from portions of Moore and Chatham

counties. The county, named for CSA hero Robert E. Lee, is North Carolina’s 98th

county. Situated in the geographic center of the state, it straddles the fall line

dividing the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain.

The city of Sanford, named for Col. Charles Ogburn Sanford, is the county seat.

While the area had a significant population of American Indians, more is known

about the history of then-immigrant settlers. Europeans (predominantly Highland

Scots) and Africans started arriving in the middle part of the 1700s. Presbyterians

were the greatest in sheer number with Quaker, Baptist and Methodist churches

developing later.

In those days its commerce concentrated on agriculture, naval stores, and iron.

Some transportation was land-based but the businesses in the community were

able to take advantage of the Cape Fear and Deep Rivers.

Around the time of the Civil War, the first commercial exploration of the area’s coal

veins was begun. During the war, the coal was transported via railroad, which had

been built by slaves and immigrant Irish laborers.

The County of Lee was formed through a bill passed by the General Assembly in

1907. The county enjoyed rapid growth thanks to tobacco harvesting, brownstone

quarrying, furniture making, brickworks and later textiles. By 1930 the county

population numbered 13,400 people. After World War II, in 1947, the cities of

Sanford and Jonesboro merged.

Population: 59,715 County Seat: Sanford

Median Income: $45,343

Millage Rate: 0.72 Square Miles: 259

Municipalities: Broadway, Cumnock, Sanford, Lemon Springs, Tramway

Moore County


The first residents of what would become Moore County were Native Americans. The

first European settlers came about 1739. As time went by more settlers -- English,

Ulster Scots, and Germans -- moved into the area, traveling down from Pennsylvania

or up the Cape Fear River valley from Wilmington. The greatest concentration was on

the fertile area along the Deep River in northern Moore County. By the mid-1750s,

the area was sparsely but evenly settled.The American Revolution slowed the influx

of settlers. In 1783 Moore became a county, named for Alfred Moore of Brunswick,

a militia colonel in the Revolution, and later a Justice of the Supreme Court of the

United States. In the post-war years the area recovered from the effects of the

conflict and began to prosper. Schools were built and several industries established.

The Civil War put an end to all progress and after the war, Moore had a long

struggle to recovery. But, in the 1870’s, the Raleigh and Augusta Railroad came

through the Sandhills, providing a means to ship the products of the pine forests.

Little towns began showing up. During the 1880s, yet another industry developed

as the area became a mecca for those with various health problems who needed

an abundance of fresh air and mineral water. An increase in population followed.

Moore County is in the south central region of the state and is bordered by

Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Montgomery, Randolph,

Chatham, and Lee counties. The present area is 705.49 square miles (451,514


The County of Moore is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners

elected in a partisan election by qualified voters of the entire County for overlapping

four-year terms of office. The elections are held in November of even-numbered

years and the Board is formed on the first Monday of December.

The County is divided into ten townships for historical and administrative

purposes, with no legal or governmental authorities. The townships, and areas in

square miles, are as follows: Bensalem, 97.48; Carthage, 98.14; Deep River, 43.16;

Greenwood, 44.95; Little River, 33.72; Mineral Springs, 101.33; McNeill, 76.68;

Ritter, 54.24; Sandhills, 81.74; and Sheffield, 74.05.

Population: 90,302 County Seat: Carthage

Median Income: $48,238

Millage Rate: 0.465 Square Miles: 706

Municipalities: Aberdeen, Cameron, Carthage, Foxfire, Jackson

Springs, Pinebluff, Pinehurst, Robbins, Seven Lakes, Southern

Pines, Taylortown, Vass, West End, Whispering Pines

Wake County


Wake County was formed in 1771 from parts of Cumberland County, Johnston

County, and Orange County. Wake lost some of its territory through the formation

of other counties. Parts were included in Franklin County in 1787, and in Durham

County in both 1881 and 1911.

During the colonial period of North Carolina, the state capital was New Bern.

For several years during and after the Revolutionary War there was no capital, and

the General Assembly met in various locations. Fayetteville was the state capital

from 1789 to 1793, when Raleigh became the permanent state capital. Raleigh

became both the state capital and the new seat of Wake County.

The Battle at Morrisville Station was fought in the spring of 1865 in Morrisville.

It was the last battle of the Civil War between the armies of Major General William

T. Sherman and General Joseph E. Johnston.

The county is governed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, a

seven-member board. Terms are staggered so that every two years, three or four

commissioners are up for election.

It is one of the counties in North Carolina not required to have election laws

approved by the Department of Justice. Forty of the 100 counties in North Carolina

must have their election laws reviewed by the Department of Justice due to the

Voting Rights Act.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 857 square

miles (2,220 sq km), of which 832 square miles (2,150 sq km) is land and 25

square miles (65 sq km), or 2.95%, is water.

Wake County is located in the northeast central region of North Carolina, where

the North American Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions meet. Most of

Wake features gentle hills that slope toward the state’s flat coastal plain. Bodies of

water that are located in Wake County include Lake Crabtree, Crabtree Creek, Lake

Johnson, the Neuse River, and portions of Falls Lake and Jordan Lake.

Population: 952,151 County Seat: Raleigh

Median Income: $61,347

Millage Rate: 0.534 Square Miles: 857

Municipalities: Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Garner, Holly Springs,

Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Rolesville

Durham County


The Native American influence in the area of Durham county runs deep. Durham

is thought to be the site of an ancient Native American village named Adshusheer.

The Great Indian Trading Path is traced through the area, and Native Americans

established settlement sites, transportation routes, and eco-friendly patterns of

natural resource use.

During the 1700s, Scots, Irish and English colonists settled on land granted to

John Carteret, Earl of Granville. Prior to the American Revolution, settlers in the area

were involved in the “War of Regulators.” Reportedly militia cut Cornwallis Road

through this area in 1771 to quell the rebellion.

During the period between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, plantations were built.

Due to a disagreement between plantation owners and farmers, North Carolina

was the last state to secede from the Union. Locals fought in several regiments

and 17 days after Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Union General Sherman and

Confederate General Johnston negotiated the end of the Civil War at Bennett Place

in Durham.

Yankee and Rebel soldiers celebrated together with Brightleaf tobacco, which

spawned the ultimate success of Washington Duke and his family. That inspired

other Durham developments. The first mill to produce denim and the world’s largest

hosiery maker were established during this time.

In 1887, Trinity College moved from Randolph County to Durham. Washington

Duke and Julian Carr donated money and land. Following a $40 million donation by

the Duke family Trinity was renamed Duke University in 1924. In 1910, Dr. James

E. Shepard founded North Carolina Central University, the nation’s first publiclysupported

liberal arts college for African-Americans.

In the middle of the 20th century what is now the world’s largest universityrelated

research park and namesake for the vast Triangle region was formed.

Research Triangle Park is encompassed on three sides by the City of Durham, with

a small portion now spilling into Wake County toward Cary and Morrisville. Close to

140 companies, including Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Underwriters Laboratories,

and agencies such as the EPA, employ more than 45,000.

Population: 279,641 County Seat: Durham

Median Income: $65,700

Millage Rate: 0.5575 Square Miles: 289

Municipalities: City of Durham, Bahama, Rougemont,

Chapel Hill (portion)

Orange County


Sitting squarely in the state’s Piedmont, Orange County is located between the

Research Triangle Park and the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point.

Home to more than 130,000 residents, Orange County includes Hillsborough, the

county seat; Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina; and Carrboro and

Mebane, former railroad and mill towns.

Hillsborough was the center of North Carolina politics and hosted the state’s

Constitutional Convention in 1778, where delegates demanded that a Bill of

Rights be added before they would ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1789, the state’s

General Assembly chartered the University of North Carolina, the nation’s first state

university to admit undergraduates. UNC-Chapel Hill is the flagship campus of a

16-member state university system and is consistently rated as one of the country’s

finest state institutions of higher learning.

Orange County lies on the western edge of the Triangle, with UNC-Chapel Hill,

N.C. State University and Duke University on three sides. In the middle is Research

Triangle Park, home to leading entities like IBM, GlaxoSmithKlein, Cisco, RTI

International, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute

of Environmental Health Sciences.

Sitting on 400 square miles of land, Orange County offers urban and rural living

with an abundance of historical, social and cultural resources.

Population: 137,941 County Seat: Hillsborough

Median Income: $50,158

Millage Rate:Varies by Area Square Miles: 401

Municipalities: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, part of City of

Mebane and Durham

Johnston County


Johnston County was formed in 1746 from Craven County, named for Gabriel

Johnston, royal governor of North Carolina from 1734 to 1752.

In 1752, parts of Johnston County, Bladen Count, and Granville County were

combined to form Orange County. In 1758 the eastern part of Johnston County

became Dobbs County. In 1770 parts of Johnston County, Cumberland County

and Orange County were combined to form Wake County. Finally in 1855 parts

of Johnston County, Edgecombe County, Nash County, and Wayne County were

combined to form Wilson County.

Johnston County offers great connections to history, entertainment, dining,

lodging, and outlet shopping. Johnston connects the nation’s North and South

with East and West. Its location places it only a two-hour drive from Atlantic Coast

beaches and a four-hour drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is the location of the last major

battle of the Civil War. Atkinson’s Mill is a working gristmill dating back 240 years.

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum preserves a slice of the area’s agrarian heritage.

The Johnston County Heritage Center preserves the history and material culture of

Johnston County with a collection that includes 2,000 books, 800 reels of microfilm,

300 maps and atlases, 50,000 photographic images, 400 private collections of

books and papers, and vertical files on genealogy, biography, and local history.

Operating under the philosophy that every child can learn when a school system

respects each learner, Johnston County Schools structure their curriculum to foster

a flame for learning within every child. In the elementary schools children learn by

hands-on observation, a literature-based reading program, and a process-oriented

writing program. In the middle schools core academic teacher teams, teacherbased

guidance programs, and exploratory curriculum courses strive to make use

of the best features of both elementary and high school programs to serve this

unique age group.

Since 1969 Johnston Community College has been providing an affordable

higher education alternative while also providing a means for local citizens to earn

high school diplomas and learn special skills to improve their quality of life. The

college transfer program helps many young people cut the often prohibitive costs

of a college education and at the same time ease the transition from high school

to a four-year college.


Population: 174,938 County Seat : Smithfield

Median Income: $40,872 Millage Rate: 0.78

Square Miles: 796

Municipalities: Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro,

Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, Wilson’s Mills. Archer Lodge,

Benson, Clayton, Four Oakes, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton,

Selma, Smithfield, Wilson’s Mills

Vance County


Vance County is located in Central North Carolina along the Virginia border and

includes the townships of Dabney, Henderson, Kittrell, Middleburg, Sandy Creek,

Townsville, Watkins, and Williamsboro. Attractions include Kerr Lake’s 850-mile

shoreline that stretches across Vance County.

Within the county’s confines is Henderson, which is a magnet for residents

and visitors alike. You can savor dining in restored buildings that date back to the

1800s. More informal dining for lunch or dinner is also an option as visitors will

find themselves enjoying the craft of local artists, featuring stained glass and other


Historic Henderson Institute, established in 1887 by the Freedmen’s Mission

Board of the United Presbyterian Church, was the only secondary school open to

African Americans in Vance County. The building is all that remains of an educational

complex that once anchored the surrounding neighborhood. This vital part of the

county’s history has preserved recordings of the schools and offers permanent

exhibits. Only minutes from the Historic District of Henderson’s downtown, it is open

to the public by appointment.

Population: 45,422 County Seat: Henderson

Median Income: $46,450

Millage Rate : 0.832 Square Miles: 270

Municipalities: Henderson, Kittrell, Middleburg, South Henderson

Ranking of Community

Impact by Healthcare

According to The Triangle Business Journal, the following is a

ranking of community impact by healthcare providers:

Total Community Benefit (includes charity care)

•Duke University Hospital: $256 million

•WakeMed: $234 million

•UNC Hospitals: $161 million

•Rex Healthcare (part of UNC Health Care): $90 million

•Durham Regional (part of DUHS): $55 million

•Duke Raleigh: $49 million

•Johnston Memorial: $18 million

Charity Care only

•WakeMed: $81 million

•UNC Hospitals: $53 million

•Duke University Hospital: $45 million

•Rex Healthcare (part of UNC Health Care): $29 million

•Durham Regional (part of DUHS): $20 million

•Duke Raleigh: $13 million

•Johnston Memorial: $10 million

Health Care

Thanks to the fact that the Triangle community is such a superior hub for

education and research, the area boasts health care facilities that rival any

city in America. Not only are there world-class hospitals in the community,

there are also universities with a significant commitment to research. The

combination of the two means the medical community is a tremendous

asset to the community as a whole.

What is even more remarkable is the fact that these world-class medical

facilities are located close to each other, giving residents in the metropolitan

area as well as the outlying communities the peace of mind that their health

care needs will never take them far from home. What follows is a brief

look at three of the major medical facilities serving families in the Triangle


UNC Health Care

The UNC Health Care System is based in Chapel Hill, owned by the State

of North Carolina and is a not-for-profit entity. In addition to offering superior

patient care on several fronts and in several disciplines, it also serves as a

major catalyst for the furthering of medical education with its affiliation to

the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School

of Medicine.

The system boasts close to 2,000 physicians, as well as medical students

that offer first-class care for those living in the Triangle community. Among

the specialty facilities are its academic medical center (in connection with

the UNC medical school) and hospitals that offer specific care in the areas

of health for children, women, neurological and psychiatric care – and of

course general care.

Within the above facilities are doctors and facilities devoted to helping

patients with health problems such as diabetes, burns, pediatric medicine,

cancer treatment and care, organ transplants and obstetrics.

It is worth mentioning that if one lives outside the confines of the Triangle

one is not without the considerable resources of UNC Health Care. The

system offers its services in 37 counties across the state – including trauma

and urgent care services. And for those that need the care and expertise of

the Triangle medical community there is helicopter transport.

The hospital system includes:

•North Carolina Cancer Hospital

•North Carolina Children’s Hospital

•North Carolina Memorial Hospital

•North Carolina Neurosciences Hospital

•North Carolina Women’s Hospital

UNC also has the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 40

National Cancer Institute-designated facilities headquartered across the

United States. It opened in August 2009 and is the clinical home of the UNC

Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Duke University Healthcare System

The Duke University Health System is a private/not-for-profit entity encompassing the Duke University

School of Medicine, the Duke University School of Nursing, the Duke Clinic, and the member

hospitals into a system of research, clinical care, and education. The Duke University Medical Center

is consistently listed in top 10 lists of leading hospitals nationally.

Duke also offers not only its hospitals but also the resources and research of the Duke University

Medical School. This means that the system is able to attract some of the brightest minds in the

medical field, conduct ground-breaking research to find cures, bring its resources to bear in the arena

of new discoveries/treatments and offer a superior level of care to the families that call the Triangle

area home. The Duke system is able to do all those things by staying true to its vision statement:

• Making important advances in biomedical science and fundamental research

• Fostering a multidisciplinary environment in the lab and clinic that unites our efforts to prevent

illness, treat disease, and care for our patients

• Translating discoveries into clinical practice

• Designing clinical interventions and measuring their effectiveness

• Creating innovative approaches to health and wellness

• Addressing health disparities in our community and around the world

• Sharing our vision and advances globally through wide-reaching programs and collaborations

• Training the scientists, clinical professionals, administrators, and community advocates who

will lead this work in the future

• Investing in technologies, tools, infrastructure, and people -- the foundations of success

“While the specific goals may vary from the academic to the clinical enterprise, and the tasks from

one group of employees to another, I think you will find that our shared purpose remains the same,”

said Dr.Victor J. Dzau, chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University, as well as president/CEO, Duke

University Health System. “In fact, it is the same vision that has driven Duke Medicine since the

beginning: to improve the health of the patients and communities we serve through excellence in

research, education, patient care, and service.”

WakeMed Health and Hospitals

WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization. The 884-bed system

comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of

excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency and

trauma, physical rehab and specialization in orthopedics and neurosciences.

Locally based and community owned, WakeMed exists for the health of the community and is

committed to a variety of health and wellness improvement programs. WakeMed’s team of more

than 8,300 employees, 1,500 volunteers, more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 255 physicians

employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most

advanced technologies. Other patient-oriented assets include:

•Neuro intensive care unit and dedicated neurosciences inpatient unit.

•Children’s Hospital featuring an inpatient unit and intensive care unit - staffed around the clock

by pediatric intensivists.

• Children’s diabetes programs.

• Pediatrics specialists in surgery, neurology, endocrinology,

orthopaedics, neonatology, child development and more.

• Place to have a baby in Cary - Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace - Cary

• North Healthplex offers the state’s first stand-alone full-service emergency department.

• Emergency Services Institute focusing on research, emergency preparedness and response in

the event of community emergencies and disaster, either natural or man-made.

• Patient Simulation Center for training health professionals

In May 2014 the WakeMed Board of Directors announced the appointment of Donald R. Gintzig

as WakeMed’s new president & CEO. Gintzig, who had been serving in the interim role since October

2013, was selected from multiple well-qualified candidates following an inclusive nationwide search.

“In addition to having the right credentials, Donald’s leadership style has proven to be a good fit

with the culture of our organization. He has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to WakeMed’s

mission, patient and family-centered care, physician engagement, fiscal stewardship and the health

of our community,” commented William H. McBride, chair, WakeMed Board of Directors. “We believe

Donald is the right leader to ensure WakeMed remains the preferred provider of health care in Wake

County and is able to deliver upon its vitally important mission for years to come.”

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