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North Central Region

This 15-county region, including the metropolitan areas of Raleigh, Durham, and Cary known as the Triangle in North Carolina, is the state’s innovation center.  The region is globally known as the largest research center in North America, offers world-renown healthcare, and serves as the higher education hub for the state with three major universities and numerous smaller colleges and universities.  The small towns and cities are exploding in population, and that has resulted in vibrant downtown districts that offer a variety of housing options and job opportunities, plus lots of locally owned shops and businesses, award-winning culinary delights including farm-to-table options and Eastern North Carolina style barbecue, handcrafted cocktails and brews, and a plethora of cultural amenities that include internationally known Whirligigs and folk art, theater, live music, art galleries, and more.  Explore the region’s farm and food tours, experience the public art, take in a college football or basketball game, and enjoy the outdoor recreation options in the state parks and regional lakes.  A visit to the North Central region may convince you to become a new resident.

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North Central Region

1. SANFORD

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1984

Lee County

Downtown Sanford

115 Chatham Street

Sanford, NC 27330

 

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3. GARNER

NC Main Street Designation Year:  2009

Wake County

Downtown Garner

141 W Main Street

Garner, NC 27529

 

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5. BENSON

NC Main Street Designation Year:  2015

Johnston County

Downtown Benson

303 E. Church Street

Benson, NC 27504

 

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7. WILSON

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1982

Wilson County

Downtown Wilson

112 Goldsboro Street E

Wilson, NC 27894

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9. ROCKY MOUNT

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1982

Edgecombe County

Downtown Rocky Mount

331 S. Franklin Street

Rocky Mount, NC 27802

 

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11. HENDERSON

NC Main Street Designation Year:  2020

Vance County

Downtown Henderson

134 Rose Avenue

Henderson, NC

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13. ROXBORO

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1995

Person County

Downtown Roxboro

105 S. Lamar Street

Roxboro, NC 27573

 

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2. FUQUAY-VARINA

NC Main Street Designation Year:  2006

Wake County

Downtown Fuquay-Varina

134 N Main Street

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

 

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4. DUNN

NC Main Street Designation Year:  2020

Harnett County

Downtown Dunn

201 E Broad Street

Dunn, NC

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6. SMITHFIELD

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1986

Johnston County

Downtown Smithfield

200 S. Front Street

Smithfield, NC 27577

 

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8. TARBORO

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1980

Edgecombe County

Downtown Tarboro

500 Main Street

Tarboro, NC 27886

 

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10. WAKE FOREST

NC Main Street Designation Year:  2006

Wake County

Downtown Wake Forest

306 S. White Street

Wake Forest, NC 27587

 

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12. OXFORD

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1998

Granville County

Downtown Oxford

300 Williamsboro St 

Oxford, NC 27565

 

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