About The Area

Raleigh, NC Area Honors and Accolades

Raleigh and the surrounding Triangle area is a great place to live, but don't just take my word for it.  Check out all the honors that Raleigh and Wake County have won. 

 

 

#1 Healthiest Market of 2011 (Raleigh-Cary)

#3 Healthiest Market of 2011 (Durham-Chapel Hill)
#1 Most Likely to Appreciate (Raleigh-Cary)
 #2 Brainest City (Durham)
#12 Brainest City (Raleigh-Cary)
#1 Best Quality of Life (Raleigh)
#10 Best City of 2009 (Raleigh-Cary)
 Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2009  
#1 City Where Americans Are Relocating (Raleigh-Cary)
 Forbes.com May 2009
#5 Top City for Designers and Artists (Raleigh-Cary)
ArtBistro.com, May 2009
50 Best Burgers (Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh)
Food Network, May 2009
#1 City with Best Economic Potential (Raleigh)
fDi Magazine, April 2009
#1 City Where Americans Are Relocating (Raleigh)
Forbes.com, April 2009
  50 Best New U.S. Restaurants (The Pit, Raleigh)
Travel + Leisure, April 2009
#24 Top Arts Destination among Mid-Size Cities (Raleigh)
AmericanStyle Magazine, April 2009
Ultimate Hyatt Place Hotel (Hyatt Place Raleigh-Durham Airport, Morrisvile)
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, March 2009
#1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary)
Forbes.com, March 2009
#1 Fastest-Growing Metropolitan Area in the Country (Raleigh-Cary)
U.S. Census Bureau, March 2009
  Tree City USA recognition (Cary, Raleigh, Wendell and Zebulon)
Arbor Day Foundation, March 2009
  2nd Best State to Do Business In (North Carolina)
Chief Executive Magazine, March 2009
  #6 Healthiest Housing Market (Raleigh)
Builderonline.com, February 2009
#18 MSA with Highest Rate of House Price Appreciation (Raleigh-Cary)
Federal Housing Finance Agency, February 2009
#1 Top City for Small Business (Raleigh, NC)
Bizjournals and portfolio.com, February 2009
Award of Excellence (Greater Raleigh CVB)
SportsEvents Magazine, February 2009
Mobil Five-Star Award (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary)
Mobil Travel Guide, January 2009
Mobil Four-Star Award (The Umstead Spa and Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) Mobil Travel Guide, January 2009
10 Great Cities for Salary Growth (Raleigh-Cary)
Yahoo! Hotjobs, January 2009
  #3 Most Visited Attraction in North Carolina (N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) Carolina Publishing Associates, January 2009
  #10 Most Visited Attraction in North Carolina (N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh)
Carolina Publishing Associates, January 2009
  #22 Most Visited Attraction in North Carolina (N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh)
Carolina Publishing Associates, January 2009
Midtown Diamond Award for Best Martini (The Red Room Tapas Lounge, Raleigh)
Midtown Magazine, January 2009
#2 Splurge Worthy Restaurant in Readers’ Choice Awards (Angus Barn, Raleigh)
Southern Living, January 2009
#2 Best Festival or Fair in Readers’ Choice Awards (North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh) Southern Living, January 2009
  #6 Best Value Public College for 2009 (North Carolina State University, Raleigh)
USA Today, January 2009
#4 among America’s Best Cities for Dating (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill)
Sperling’s BestPlaces, January 2009
Raleigh-Cary strongest metro in N.C.

Brookings Report, June 2009
The Raleigh-Durham area has finished on top in a study designed to determine how several prominent Southeastern cities compare to each other.
Triangle Business Journal, June 2009
Top 10 boom town offering solid employment opportunities and the talent to create new, well-paying positions
Kiplingers, May 2009
#2 on their list of Cities on the Rebound
The Today Show, May 2009

This is a list of the region’s most recent accolades* from the November 2008 issue of Neighborhood Builder - The official magazine of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County:

#1 Pro-Business State (North Carolina)
Pollina.com, June 2008
#1 Best Place to Live in the U.S. (Raleigh, N.C.)
msnbc, June 2008
#1 Best Place for Young Adults (Raleigh, N.C.)
Bizjournals, May 2008
The Best American City for Singles (Raleigh, N.C.)
Every Day with Rachael Ray, January 2008
#1 Healthiest City for Men (Raleigh, N.C.)
Men’s Health, January 2008
Top Research Science Park (North Carolina State University -
Centennial Campus)
The Association of University Research Parks, November 2007
#1 Top Business Climate (North Carolina)
Site Selection, November 2007
“Fast City” for Research and Development
(Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
Fast Company, July 2007
#1 Seller’s Market-Residential (Raleigh, N.C.)
Forbes.com, June 2007
#1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh, N.C.)
Forbes, April 2007
#1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh, N.C.)
Forbes.com, March 2008
#1 Best U.S. City for Jobs (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Forbes.com, February 2007
#1 School District in the Nation for Certified Teachers
(Wake County)
National Board of Certified Teachers, January 2007
Gold Rating (Wake County Schools)
Expansion Management’sEducation Quotient, January 2007
#2 State with the Best Business Climate (North Carolina)
Development Counselors International, July 2008
#2 Best City to Live, Work and Play (Raleigh, N.C.)
Kiplinger’s, July 2008
#2 Best City for Bargain House-Hunters (Raleigh, N.C.)
Forbes.com, February 2008
#3 Most Educated Workforce (Raleigh, N.C.)
Business Facilities, July 2008
#3 Most Romantic City for Baby Boomers (Raleigh-Durham-
Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Sperling’s BestPlaces, March 2008
#3 Most Wired City (Raleigh, N.C.)
Forbes.com, January 2008
#3 Economic Development Hot Spot (Wake County, N.C.)
National Policy Research Council, September 2007
#3 Techiest City in America (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 (Data released September 2007)
#3 5-Star Business Opportunity Metros (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Expansion Management, August 2007
#3 Best City for Relocating Families - Medium Markets
(Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation, 2007 Report
#3 Metro for College Educated Workers (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
#3 America’s Best Jobs in the Hottest Cities (Raleigh-
Durham, N.C.)
Business 2.0, May 2007
#3 Best City for African Americans (Raleigh, N.C.)
Black Enterprise, May 2007
#4 Hottest Job Market for Young Adults (Raleigh, N.C.)
Bizjournals, April 2007
#4 Best State for Business (North Carolina)
Forbes.com, July 2008
#4 MSA With Highest Concentration of Employment - Drugs
and Pharmaceuticals (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Business Facilities, July 2008
#4 Major Market in the South (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008
#5 Best Medium-Sized City for Families with Children
(Raleigh, N.C.)
Who’s Your City?, May 2008
#5 Recession-proof City (Raleigh, N.C.)
Forbes.com, April 2008
Top Five Strongest Real Estate Market (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Veros.com, January 2008
5-Star Public Education Metro (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Expansion Management, December 2007
Top 5 Cities for Young Singles (Raleigh, N.C.)
Kiplinger’sBest Cities for Every Stage of Your Life list,
June 2007
5-Star Knowledge Worker Metro (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Expansion Management, April 2007
#5 Best Place to Find a Mate (Raleigh, N.C.)
Men’s Health, March 2007
#6 Largest Concentration of Drug and Pharmaceutical Jobs
(Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
Technology, Talent and Capital: State Bioscience Initiatives
2008, June 2008
#6 Medium-Sized Metro (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Site Selection, March 2008
#7 Top Appreciating Metro Area (Raleigh, N.C.)
Money, December 2007
#7 Business Boomtown (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Inc., May 2007
#8 Best City for Recent College Grads
(Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
Forbes.com, June 2008
#8 Fastest Growing Large City (Cary, N.C.)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 (Data released 2007)
#8 Fastest Growing Metro in the Nation (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
U.S. Census Bureau, April 2007
#8 County for Business Recruitment and Attraction
(Wake County)
Expansion Management, May/June 2007
#9 Market in the South for Advanced Manufacturing
(Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008
#9 Best City for Jobs (Raleigh, N.C.)
Forbes.com, January 2008
#10 U.S. City with the Largest Numerical Increase
(Raleigh, N.C.)
U.S. Census Bureau, July 2008
Top 10 Great Innovation Market in the South
(Raleigh-Cary-Durham, N.C.)
Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008
#10 Least Miserable Airport (Raleigh-Durham International)
U.S. News & World Report, February 2008
#10 Economic Development Hot Spot
(Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.)
National Policy Research Council, September 2007
#10 Large Metro for Business Recruitment & Attraction
(Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Expansion Management, May/June 2007
Top 10 Places in the South for the Creative Class (Raleigh-
Durham, N.C.)
Southern Business and Development, Winter 2007
Top 10 Tech Town (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
Wired Magazine, January 2007
#12 Highest Concentration of Tech Workers (Raleigh, N.C.)
AeA’s Cybercities 2008, June 2008
#12 Most Affordable Real Estate Market in the Nation
(Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Forbes.com, August 2007
#12 Best Market for Female Execs and Women Business
Owners (Raleigh, N.C.)
Bizjournals, August 2007
#14 Best Place to Live (Apex, N.C.)
Money, July 2007
Top 15 Place for Cultured Retirement (Raleigh, N.C.)
Smithsonian.com, April 2008
#15 Most Educated Workforce (Raleigh, N.C.)
Business Facilities, July 2007
#15 Fastest Growing Large City (Raleigh, N.C.)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 (Data released 2007)
#16 Top Real Estate Market (Raleigh, N.C.)
Expansion Management, October 2007
#18 Fastest Growing Suburb in America (Holly Springs, N.C.)
Forbes.com, August 2007
#20 Fastest Growing Suburb in America (Wake Forest, N.C.)
Forbes.com, August 2007
#20 Best Place to Live and Launch (Raleigh, N.C.)
CNNMoney.com, March 2008
#22 Best Place to Live (Holly Springs, N.C.)
Money, July 2007
Top 25 Places for Retirement Jobs (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
MarketWatch, November 2007
#63 Fastest Growing Suburb in America (Apex, N.C.)
Forbes.com, August 2007
Top 50 Hottest Cities for Expanding and Relocating
Companies (Raleigh-Cary, N.C.)
Expansion Management, February 2007
* Information provided by the Wake County Economic Development Center.







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