The population of Morrisville continues to increase rapidly, from 251 in 1980 to 3,644 in 1999. These days, the population is approximately 14,000 with more growth expected. This growth is due in part to the town's central location in the Triangle near Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park, where it is also serviced by Interstate 40 and Highways 54 and 55. Construction has begun on an outer loop expressway around the City of Raleigh. In the future, this expressway will pass through the northern portion of the town, with two exits located within the town's corporate limits. Over the years, Morrisville has become a major employment center, with a growing residential community.
Given this strategic location, Morrisville is expected to experience continued commercial/industrial investment in the future as well as increased residential developments. The abundance of commercial/industrial interests in Morrisville provides for increased economic activity, more jobs, and a larger tax base that allows the town to maintain the quality and quantity of services offered to a growing citizenry and business community.
Although it is a short commute to Research Triangle Park, the nerve center for the science and business in the region, there is no shortage of employment opportunities in Morrisville itself. The New York Times has recently called Morrisville one of its ?Entrepreneurial Hot Spots: The Best Places in America to Start and Grow a Company.? With highly skilled labor, local training programs for workers, an enviable quality of life, world-class research and development facilities, advanced telecommunications capacity and a key location on the East Coast, Morrisville has the answers.
Schools are top-notch as part of the Wake County Public Schools System, which consistently turns out students well prepared for success at any of the great number of the esteemed Universities in the area. Morrisville features a Community Center with pool and tennis courts and the Morrisville Community Park to enrich the lives of residents and neighboring guests. Naturally, there is no shortage of high-quality health care in this part of the state as some of the brightest minds in medicine are drawn to the Research Triangle.
Morrisville is in a wonderful location that is close to both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Coast, which provides residents with an abundance of recreational options. In less than three-and-a-half hours, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a day on the slopes of one of North Carolina's or Virginia's ski resorts, or you can bask in the warm sun along the coast kissed by gentle breezes from the Gulf Stream. North Carolina's temperate climate also offers year-round golfing weather with plenty of great courses nearby, with something for every golfer from the beginner to the pro. Hiking, biking, and fishing are popular activities in the metro area as well with abundant opportunities to partake in all three.
Throughout the Research Triangle region, there is a full range of cultural attractions including some of the most renowned museums in the Southeast. The BTI Center for the Performing Arts is one of the best in the country and has a venue for national touring companies, in addition to locally produced plays and attractions. Meymandi Concert Hall is home to the North Carolina Symphony and features world-class performers in both classical and popular productions. Many of the cities and towns host community centers, which offer endless cultural opportunities as well. During the summer, the Triangle takes advantage of North Carolina's wonderful balmy evenings and beautiful sunsets by hosting performances in its beautiful outdoor theaters, parks, and gardens.
And of course for sports fans, there may be no greater place in the country to live, specifically if you enjoy the competitiveness and pageantry of amateur athletics. The Triangle is well represented in the sports world, and local fans are especially renowned for their enthusiastic support of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball and football thanks to the three "home" teams: the NC State Wolfpack in Raleigh, Duke Blue Devils in Durham, and University of North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.