9 Raleigh Stereotypes That Are Completely AccurateOh Raleigh? You don’t say!
1. Everyone In Raleigh Know Pig Pickin' BBQ Is The Bomb
Source: Flickr user Cristina BejaranoNorth Carolina claims to be the cradle of ’cue, as legend has it this style of cooking was developed by pirates along the Carolina coast. The state actually has two distinct sub-styles, both of them pork-based. Lexington BBQ only uses the shoulder, and its sauce is made with ketchup, vinegar and pepper, but in Raleigh you’re far more likely to encounter the Pig Pickin’ eastern style that uses “everything but the squeal” and omits the ketchup. For a taste of the very best, check out Ole Time Barbeque out by the fairgrounds, or, for a more upscale (if less typical) dining experience, check out Food Network fave The Pit.
2. People In Raleigh Have Never Met A Tree They Didn’t Want To Hug
Source: Flickr user bobistravelingRaleigh is known as the City of Oaks, and residents sure are proud of the stately old trees that line its downtown streets. If you want to find a tree that looks as if it might hug you back, you can always try to hunt down the elusive Lady Pine at the Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve. However, Oaks aren’t the only green thing Raleighites embrace, it’s all about a greener lifestyle here. Which is why you can find everything from solar panel installers, to chemical-free house cleaners, to a salon called the Eco Friendly Beauty.
3. Raleighites Are The Original Wolfpack
Source: Flickr user NCDOTcommunicationsRaleigh and Chapel Hill may only be 28 miles apart as the Google Maps flies, but the lack of distance just makes the NC State/UNC Rivalry all the more intense. Woe unto you should you choose to wear a Tarheel blue shirt on game day. While many UNC alums no longer take the rivalry too seriously, the Wolfpack, tired of being perpetual underdogs, refuses to stop snapping and snarling at those tar-covered heels.
4. Raleigh Kids Are All Future Nobel Prize Winners
Source: Wake County Public School System via FacebookNot only are Raleigh kids crammed full of all those enriching activities listed above (and perhaps a chocolate-covered cockroach or two), but they also attend some of the best schools in the nation, thanks to a variety of magnet programs and top-quality teacher recruitment programs. There’s even a book called “Why There Are No Bad Schools In Raleigh.”
5. Everyone In Raleigh Is In Fantastic Shape
Source: Flickr user NCDOTcommunicationsDespite all that barbecue eating, Raleigh manages to remain on lists of the nation’s healthiest and fittest cities by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Physical Therapy Association, and it’s No. 1 for women’s health according to “Women’s Health.” It seems that folks around these parts just feel healthier. Could it be something in the water? More likely its all the vinegar and red pepper in the BBQ sauce.
6. Folks In Raleigh Always Put Family First
Source: Flickr user The_WBAsk anyone from Raleigh, this city is a great place to grow up. Why else would “Forbes” magazine name it the No. 1 in their list of “Best Cities to Raise a Family”? So just what is it that makes Raleigh such a great place for kiddos? The city has one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation for kids under-15. It also has a low cost of living, low crime rates, even a relatively easy commute. But what really pushes Raleigh over the top is the annual BugFest at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This “nation’s largest bug-centric festival” features cooking with insects, cockroach races, and as much creepy crawliness as can possibly be crammed into a September Saturday.
7. People In Raleigh Are Total Techno SnobsNo surprise, since Raleigh is home to the SAS Institute, with the world’s second-largest IBM operation close by in Research Triangle Park. However the real geeks are all about open source and Raleigh’s got the granddaddy of all open source providers. It's ground zero for Red Hat, which has been playing Robin Hood to Bill Gates’ Sheriff of Nottingham since 1993.
8. People In Raleigh Take A Massive Amount Of Pride In Their Family Tree
Source: Flickr user The_WBWhen Raleighites ask who your people are, they're not just making conversation—you are who you’re related to, for better or worse. It's just a Southern thing. In some cases, ancestry may also determine your geographic location, as is the case with those folks living ITB (inside the beltline)—this part of town is strictly old families with old money. Nouveau anything need not apply.
9. Raleigh's Are The Epitome Of Southern Hospitality
Source: Flickr user The Hungry DudesRaleigh is a city of good neighbors (and good cooks), where, if you're lucky, you just may be welcomed to your new home with a little lovin' fresh from the oven. Raleighites pride themselves on their Southern hospitality, so don’t be surprised when everyone greets you with sweet tea and home-baked goodies. Feature Image Source: Flickr user rickbucich
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