Raleigh-Durham Metro Area population is approaching 2,000,000.
African American population for Raleigh-Durham Metro Area is over 325,000.
There are more than 5,700 African American-owned companies, including North Carolina Mutual Insurance reside in Durham.
The 7,000-acre, Durham-based Research Triangle Park, one of the largest research parks in the world, contains over 140 organizations and 45,000 employees. More than 100 are research and development-related, including the North Carolina Supercomputing Center, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Raleigh-Durham Metro Area metro has been the location or subject for 20 major movies and scores of other television and advertising productions.
Visitors to the metro area number more than 18 million annually.
Notable residents born or made their mark in Raleigh Durham Metro Area include:
John Hope Franklin – Historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner
Julian Abele – Architect of Duke Chapel
Ella Baker – Civil Rights activist who was instrumental in organizing the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
Maynard Jackson – Former mayor of Atlanta
Rev. Douglas Moore – A pioneer who supported the earliest sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement
Mary Lou Williams – Famed jazz composer and teacher
Floyd McKissick, Sr. – Early civil rights leader and father of a US Congressman
John Merrick, Charles C. Spaulding & Dr. Aaron Moore – Co-founders of North Carolina Mutual Insurance
Dr. James E. Shepard – Founder of North Carolina Central University
Dr. Charles Johnson – President of the National Medical Association
Shirley Caesar – Gospel vocalist
Clyde McPhatter – R&B vocalist for the Drifters
Nneena Freelon – Jazz vocalist
Coach John McClendon – Pioneering college basketball coach whose strategies are emulated today
Sam Jones – 1st African American drafted by the NBA in the first round
Dr. Leroy Walker – Former President of the U.S. Olympic Committee
Ernie Barnes – NFL football player and artist
Chuck Davis – Choreographer
Blind Boy Fuller – Piedmont Blues vocalist