All I can say is YES. I was with IBM for 17 years which lead me here in the first place. I've lived in Suffern, NY; Germantown Md; Tucson, AZ; Scranton, PA; Marietta , Ga and for the first 23 years of my life on the east of Long Island. We've been here since 1993 and can honestly say of all the places I've lived, we have thoroughly enjoyed the Raleigh area.
It's a great place to raise kids, stay entertained, work for a living and the people are much more friendly here than many of the places we lived. I also like the choice of a 2 hour trip to the beach or similar drive to the mountains.