FFR Club Profile

Centrally located in the beautiful Piedmont region of North Carolina, our Raleigh chapter was chartered in 1985 and has over 78 members. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, in couples and individuals and all share a common interest in travel and world cultures.

The Friendship Force of Raleigh sponsors social events for club members throughout the year as well as planning for club exchanges - incoming and outgoing - in the US and abroad. Members have opportunities to home host, day host, serve on a variety of committees and the board of directors.

v Official club name: The Friendship Force of Raleigh, North Carolina.

v Closest major airport(s): Raleigh-Durham Airport RDU (12 miles [20 km] from downtown Raleigh)

v Closest Regional Airport: RDU

v Cost of transportation between the airport and our city:

Hosts will meet the Ambassadors at the airport at no charge.

v The maximum number of Ambassadors our club can host: 25

v About the region:

Raleigh is centrally located in the rolling hills, forests and lakes of the Piedmont region in North Carolina. It is the capital city of the state and has eight universities and colleges. These, plus the high-technology Research Triangle Park located between the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, make Raleigh a center for education in America. The population of the city is 416,468 while that of the Triangle area is over 1,500,000.

The city is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who founded the first British colony in the New World in 1585, and became the capital in 1792. Raleigh features excellent state and city museums of history, natural science and art and a multitude of art galleries. Raleigh is home to the North Carolina Symphony along with many performing arts venues and theatres. The Carolina Hurricanes hockey team and the Mudcats baseball team are among the many sports teams- college and professional- in the area. The city’s extensive parks and “greenway” trails for walking, jogging and bicycling truly illustrate Raleigh’s nickname as “The City of Oaks”.

The city is growing very rapidly economically and culturally. Raleigh is home to a large variety of ethnic groups as reflected in its many restaurants, festivals and places of worship.

The climate is ideal in spring and fall with moderate temperature and bountiful natural scenery. There can be periods in summer of very hot and humid weather (25-35 degrees Celsius or 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit). The average annual temperature is 60° F (15°C). The annual rainfall averages 44 inches (114 cms).

RALEIGHPOPULATION: Raleigh: 416,468; Wake County: 929,780;
Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill MSA -- 1.2 million
SIZE: Raleigh : 110.5 square miles; Wake County: 833.92 GEOGRAPHY: 434 feet above sea level, Raleigh lies in east-central North Carolina, where the hilly Piedmont region meets the flat coastal plain.


  • Raleigh was founded in 1792 as North Carolina's capital city. It was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the 1580s.
  • The only state capital to have been planned and established by a state as the seat of state government.
  • Largest city in a metropolitan area known as the Research Triangle.
  • The city's founding fathers called Raleigh the "City of Oaks," and dedicated themselves to maintaining the area's wooded tracts and grassy parks.
  • Home of the N.C. State Fair, North Carolina's largest event.


  • Includes Raleigh and 11 other Wake County municipalities. Often referred to as Greater Raleigh.
  • Home to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and a portion of internationally renowned Research Triangle Park.
  • Home to seven colleges and universities.

CLIMATE: Summers range from the mid-60's to the mid-80's; fall averages in the 70's; Winters hit the high 20's to mid 50's. Mean annual rainfall (inches): 44.23.Annual Avg. Temp. (°F) -- 71 (h), 50 (l)
Annual Avg. Snowfall (inches) -- 4.5
Avg. Relative Humidity (%) -- 71.3
Avg. Annual Precipitation -- 44.19 in.


Asheville -- 241
Atlanta -- 424
Charlotte -- 143
Chicago -- 784
Nashville -- 515
New York -- 489
Orlando -- 588
Washington, D.C. -- 251
Wilmington, N.C. -- 123

State Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)