Wake County is a smart community and continues to lead the way. Collaboration between our industries and educational eco-system is producing a workforce that is unrivaled. Our county alone touts 171 public school offerings including magnet and early college options, 78 private schools, and 19 charter schools, as well as the largest community college in the state of North Carolina, Wake Technical Community College, and 12 universities. The region is home to three tier-one research universities: NC State, Duke and UNC, creating the second most educated city in the country. This is correlated with higher levels of innovation and a strong high-tech industry.