65+ Raleigh Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. It was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the 1580s.

After World War II the city attracted a number of factories manufacturing products, such as communications equipment, electronic equipment, computers, and processed foods. It is now evolved into a research and development center for textiles and chemicals.

Raleigh Facts Trivia Questions and Answers – 2022 – 2023

Raleigh is home to the Raleigh Beer Garden which offers a variety of the World’s largest selection of beers. If beer is your go-to type of liquor, then read on to find out how many beer choices you can get here.

Whether you just moved into Raleigh or intend to visit the place, participating in this trivia will give you valuable insights into what to expect during your stay.


1. Raleigh became North Carolina’s capital in 1792. Which city served as the capital immediately before it was moved to Raleigh?

New Bern


2. Wake County is named after … whom?

Margaret Wake


3. Raleigh’s nickname honors which prolific tree?



4. What is the name of Raleigh’s official cocktail?

The Cherry Bounce


5. The North Carolina State Fair, one of the state’s biggest and most popular events, is held in Raleigh each year. During which month is the fair typically held?



6. What are the first names of Raleigh’s famous Delany sisters, authors of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years?

Bessie and Sadie


7. Raleigh boasts the oldest historically black college in the southern United States. What is the name of this school?

Shaw University


8. What is the official state marsupial of North Carolina?

The Virginia Opossum


9. On July 29, 2006, Raleigh officially reopened which street to vehicular traffic, some 30 years after it had been converted to a pedestrian mall?

Fayetteville Street


10. The General Assembly of 1893 adopted the Latin phrase Esse Quam Videri as the state’s official motto. What is the English translation?

To be rather than to seem


11. The Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American Football (later known as NFL Europa) managed to achieve what milestone during their single year of existence, in 1991?

They lost every game they played


12. Where did Sir Walter Raleigh first step onto North American soil in the late 18th century?

A. Jamestown, Virginia

B. Salter Path, North Carolina

C. St. Augustine, Florida 

D. None of the above

None of the Above


13. The facility known today as Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) got a kick-start from which famed aviator, who encouraged the two cities to not let jealousy and selfishness get in the way of the project.

Eddie Rickenbacker


14. Raleigh’s original municipal water tower, built in 1887, initially drew from what local body of water?

Walnut Creek


15. On August 4, 1985, WRAL-TV 5 became the CBS affiliate for the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville television market, after many years as an ABC station. What event prompted this switch in affiliation?

Capital Cities Communications bought ABC


16. The North Carolina Minerva was the city’s first… what?



17. Josephus Daniels, the man who owned and published Raleigh’s main newspaper, The News & Observer, served in what Cabinet post from 1913 to 1921?

Secretary of the Navy


18. What was North Carolina State’s first mascot?

A bull terrier named Togo


19. What notable person was born in Raleigh?

Andrew Johnson


20. Raleigh’s flag famously features an oak tree on the front. What’s the symbol on the back of the flag?

Sir Walter Raleigh’s family crest


21. Which university is located in Raleigh?

North Carolina State University


22. How do you pronounce “Raleigh”?



23.  For a shopping fix, you’d hit up ___.

Crabtree Valley Mall


24. Which of the following is NOT a popular museum in Raleigh?

  • North Carolina Museum of Art
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • North Carolina Museum of Protests
North Carolina Museum of Protests


25. True or false: Raleigh itself is considered a national historical landmark.



26. Who was the city named after?

Sir Walter Raleigh – an English explorer


27. Was Sir Walter Raleigh a Butler?



28. Raleigh is a neighbor to the largest Hindu temple in North America, located in Cary. Name the temple.

Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina


29. Raleigh, is known as the “Smithsonian of the South,” and can brag that it’s home to?

More than 40 free historic attractions and museums.


30. What is the state vegetable?


31. What, did George Joseph Laurer, create?

Universal Product Code system


32. During the American Civil War, Raleigh served as a Confederate headquarters until which year?

On April 13, 1865, when Union troops under William Tecumseh Sherman occupied the City without resistance.


33. List down the 12 municipalities within Wake County?

Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest. Wendell, Zebulon


34. What is the Population Of Raleigh?

According to the 2019 U.S. Census, the population of Raleigh is 474,069.


35. The predominant religion in Raleigh is Christianity, with the largest number of adherents is?

Baptist (14.1%)


36. How big is Raleigh?

144.0 square miles


37. Why do they Say Y’ALL?

The word y’all is ubiquitous among native Southerners. Y’all is a subject pronoun that addresses two or more people. It’s the contraction of “you” and “all.”


38. What food is Raleigh known for?

Big Boy Burger, Barbecue, Fried Chicken, Corn, Grits, Biscuits, Hushpuppies and Country Ham e.tc.


39. Popular trails include:

American Tobacco Trail, Neuse River Greenway, Art to Heart Trail, Lake Johnson Park, and Umstead State Park.


40. Raleigh is well known for its quality and quantity of free museums, and has often been referred to as the “Smithsonian of the South”. Which three major state museums call the city home:

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of Art, and North Carolina Museum of History.

41. Raleigh is home to the first historically black University in South Estey Hall. What is the name of this university?

Shaw University

42. What is the tallest building in Raleigh?

PNC Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh


43. What is the second tallest building in Raleigh?

Two Hannover Square (BB&T building) which rises 431 feet


44. What is the third tallest building in Raleigh?

Wells Fargo Capitol Center building


45. The City of Raleigh flag is double-sided. True or False?

True, both sides feature a similar red-white-red vertical triband that represents Sir Walter Raleigh, the English for whom the city is named.


46. What does each side of the flag represent?

The front side represents the City of Oaks with an oak tree + acorns, and the crest on the back is Sir Walter Raleigh’s coat of arms. The deer is used in the coat of arms because the Anglo-Saxon meaning of the word Raleigh is “meadow of the deer.”


47. Raleigh Beer Garden offers the world’s largest selection of beers on tap. How many are there?

350+ beers


48. What are the Raleigh Sister Cities?

Kingston Upon Hull, England, Compiegne, France, Rostock, Germany, Xiangyang, China and Nairobi, Kenya.

49. What is the cost of living in Raleigh NC?

The cost of living in Raleigh is 5% lower than the national average, and 58.7% lower than NYC, and housing is 85.2% lower than NYC!

50. What is the median income in Raleigh?

The median household income in Raleigh (2018) is $69,333


51. How much do houses cost in Raleigh?

The medium home value is $311,826.


52. How much is the rent in Raleigh?

Average apartment rent ranges from $1,001-$1,500 p/m


53. What are the taxes in Raleigh?

Income tax is a flat rate of 5.25%. Sale tax is currently 4.75%


54. Does Raleigh have public transport?

Yes: RLine buses, The Wolf line bus service, and Bike-Share


55. What are the best neighborhoods in Raleigh for a living?

Mordecai, Five Points, Historic Oakwood, Hayes Barton, Cameron Park and Village District formerly Cameron Village, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Garner, Clayton


56. What are the top Colleges in Raleigh?

North Carolina State University, Meredith College, William Peace University, St. Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law and ECPI College of Technology, The Medical Arts School, Duke University and The University of North Carolina


57. What are the major companies based in Raleigh?

SAS Institute, Red Hat, Cisco Systems, IBM and Pendo, the analytics software company e.t.c.


58. Raleigh is home to the largest Research Park in the USA. What is the name of the park?

Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle Park

59. Raleigh is an educated city. What is the education status in the city?

According to the U.S. Census, in the Raleigh area over 50% of persons aged 25+ have a Bachelor’s Degree and 20% a doctorate.


60. What grocery stores are in Raleigh?

CostCo, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter, Publix, Wegmans, Wal-Mart, Lowes Foods, Food Lion, Aldi, Lidl, World Market and Grand Asia Market.


61. What sports teams are based in Raleigh?

Carolina Hurricanes: National Hockey League (NHL), NC State University Wolfpack: ACC Conference, North Carolina FC: United Soccer League, North Carolina Courage: National Women’s Soccer League, Carolina Mudcats: Single-A baseball, Carolina Rollergirls: Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, Raleigh Flyers: American Ultimate Disc League


62. What is the closest Beach to Raleigh?

Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Top Sail Beach, Surf City, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, SC.

63. What is the climate in Raleigh?

Has a humid subtropical climate.


64. How much rainfall does Raleigh receive?

An average annual rainfall of 43.34 inches.


65. What amount of Precipitation does Raleigh receive?

April is the driest month, with an average of 2.92 inches (74.2 mm) of precipitation.


66. What are the Top Festivals And Events in Raleigh?

Brewgaloo Beer Festival,Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Hopscotch Music Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Artsplosure – Raleigh Arts Festival, Food Truck Rodeo, Krispy Kreme Challenge, GalaxyCon, Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Packapalooza, Dreamville Festival, NC State Fair, SAS Championship, Raleigh Christmas Parade,  and New Years Eve.


67. What are the major Historic Sites In Raleigh?

North Carolina Executive Mansion, Mordecai Historical Park, Historic Oakwood, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, and Historic Yates Mill County Park


68. Where can I get the Best view of Downtown Raleigh?

View from Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing and on top of The Dillon Building.



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