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The following is a list of recognitions Raleigh has received throughout the years. lists Raleigh among America’s six fastest growing and most affordable cities. - February 2014


Triangle Has Nation's Most 'Educated' Center Cities - January 2013

Triangle Takes Fifth In Ranking of America's Most Educated - September 2011

The Triangle is the nation's number two brain magnet - February 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau found Raleigh to be the nation's fourth Smartest City - October 2010

Raleigh-Cary Area is 11th Brainiest City on - August 2010

Number One in Public Schools from - August 2010

Business Facilities ranks Raleigh work force America's 15th best educated - July 2007

Entertainment & Culture

KaBOOM! Names Raleigh "Playful City USA" Community - May 2012

Among the 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South" - December 2011

Ranked Third-Best Place for College Students to Live by the American Institute for Economic Research - September 2010 found Raleigh to be one of the top ten best travel values - March 2010

Raleigh lands on Kiplinger magazine's list of the seven "cool cities" in the United States - September 2005

Esquire magazine lists Raleigh as No 4 on its list of "Cities that Rock" - April 2005


The Human Life Project named Raleigh America’s most “family friendly city” among the nation’s 50 most populous metropolises - January 2013

10 Best Cities for a Happy Marriage - June 2012

Raleigh is third among its "10 Best Cities for Raising a Family" - January 2012

The fastest growing demographic of teens 15 and under - September 2011

Called "Great for Raising Families" by Kiplinger - September 2011

Who's Your City? Listed Raleigh as the fifth best medium-sized city for families with children - May 2008

Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation lists Raleigh the third best city for relocating families in America's medium markets - July 2007

Great City

A winning combination of characteristics won Raleigh second place in Forbes’ 2014 poll of America’s 20 fastest growing cities. - February 2014

24/7 Wall St. placed Raleigh among the top 10 best run cities in America. January 2014

Forbes Finds Raleigh Is Fourth Fastest Growing in 2012 - January 2013

24/7 Wall St. placed Raleigh seventh on its list of the 10 best run cities in America - January 2013

The Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area climbed to third in the 2012 Milken Institute's Best Performing Cities Index. The area was 14th in 2011 - January 2013

Yahoo! Finance Places Raleigh Sixth On Its 'Hottest American Cities of the Future' Listing - June 2012

America's Most Optimistic Large Metro Area; Among the Most Satisfied - March 2012

Raleigh seventh on its list of "America’s 20 Can-Do Capitals" - February 2012

Raleigh labeled, "The Best American city" - September 2011

Raleigh Ranked fifth on the "Can-Do Cities" list - September 2011

RelocateAmerica placed Raleigh on its list of "America's Top 10 Places to Live" - August 2011

Named seventh Best-Performing City by Milken Institute - November 2010

Named the American city with the best quality of life - July 2010

Ranked Second Fastest-Growing Metro Region by Brookings - May 2010

Triangle named the Third Best Metro Area for Business by Forbes - April 2010 put Raleigh eighth on its Best Places to Live list - April 2010

The Raleigh/Cary area has the highest well-being in the South and the nation's top work environment index - February 2010

Raleigh has Most Impressive Climb Since 2000 in Population Rankings from Buffalo Business First - February 2010

Foreign Direct Investment magazine's North American Cities of the Future - April 2009

Kiplinger's list Raleigh as the best city to live, work and play in - July 2008 ranks Raleigh America's best city - July 2008

Kiplinger's Personal Finance names Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill the second best urban area in the United States - July 2008

Health & Environment

Raleigh-Cary Tied Second for Most Comfortable Communities - April 2013

An annual study conducted by Texas A&M University found that the Triangle’s commuters wasted the least amount of time in traffic - February 2013

Raleigh Places Fifth Nationally In Offering Eco-Friendly Services - August 2012

Raleigh at the top of the rankings of the healthiest cities in the nation for women - January 2012

Nation's Most Sustainable Mid-Size Community - April 2011

America's Third Cleanest City - March 2011

Raleigh is named the 12th "best walking city in the U.S." by Prevention magazine - July 2007

Housing & Economy

Money magazine names Raleigh one of the top five places to retire in the nation - October 2013

Raleigh Area Posts Fifth Best Recession Recovery - November 2011

Raleigh-Cary area the healthiest of the 100 largest U.S. housing markets - March 2011

Named tops in Home Prices Appreciating by Forbes - October 2010

KPMG found Raleigh to be the third most Cost Competitive North American City - March 2010

Hanley Wood Market Intelligence ranked the Raleigh-Cary metro area as the nation's Healthiest Housing Market - March 2010

The Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area is ranked number 2 in the nation's "Top 100 Best Performing Cities" by Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate partners - September 2008 found Raleigh to be the second best city for bargain house hunters - February 2008

Forbes magazine ranks the Triangle's economy as fifth on a list of 10 recession-proof local economies - May 2008

Money magazine ranks the Triangle the seventh top appreciating metro area - December 2007

The National Policy Research Council names Wake County the third hottest economic development spot - September 2007

Raleigh is the best place in the nation to sell a home, according to an analysis by - July 2007

Jobs & Business

Recent surveys and studies by and thumbtack found Raleigh to be among America’s most friendly environments for small business and one of the nation’s “new opportunity cities.” - January 2014

NerdWallet places Raleigh sixth on its top 10 list of best U.S. cities for job seekers. - January 2014 reports that Raleigh’s 7.4 percent increase between 2007 and 2012 in “prime-age” workers was the fourth highest in the nation. (Prime-age workers are defined as 30 to 44.) - December 2013

Raleigh Area Is Only East Coast Locale To Make National List For High-Paying Employment - October 2013

Raleigh Joins International Company on Forbes' "10 Up and Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs" - October 2013

Raleigh Takes 'Perennial' Spot In Forbes' Best Places for Business and Careers - August 2013

Tenth most prosperous City - April 2013

Triangle Scores Eighth in Small Business Survey - April 2013

NerdWallet ranks Raleigh as the eighth best city in the United States for women entrepreneurs - February 2013

The National Federation of Independent Businesses placed Raleigh second on its national list of best cities to start a business - February 2013

Forbes Ranks Raleigh Seventh on Jobs List - May 2012

10 Best Cities for College Graduates - May 2012

Among America's Tops for Retired Veterans seeking New Careers - November 2011

Raleigh Ranked First on Forbes List of Best Places for Business and Careers - July 2011

One of the Next Big Boom Towns and Among the Best Cities for Young Professionals - June 2011

Ranked Seventh in Low-Cost Manufacturing Centers by Business Facilities - August 2010

Ranked Number Three Best City for Small Businesses by American Business Journal - August 2010

Ranked Fifth Strongest Job Market by Businessweek - July 2010

Reported Fifth Greatest Job Growth by Triangle Business Journal - July 2010 placed Raleigh as the third Hottest Job Growth City for the Next Decade - April 2010 found Raleigh to be the third Best Place for Business and Careers - April 2010

KPMG names Raleigh 2nd-cheapest midsized market to do business - March 2010

For the third consecutive year, Forbes names Raleigh America's best metro area for business and careers - March 2009

A Bizjournals study finds Raleigh the best place to launch a new business - February 2009 put the Raleigh-Cary area at the top of its 2008 ranking of the Best Cities To Do Business In - December 2008

Inc. magazine ranks Raleigh America's best city in which to do business - July 2008 ranked Raleigh the Number 1 place for business and careers - March 2008

North Carolina is listed as the Number one business climate in the U.S. by Site election - November 2007

Bizjournals lists Raleigh as the 12th best market for female execs and women business owners - August 2007

Bizjournals regards Raleigh's job market the fourth hottest in the land for young adults - April 2007

Raleigh is named the top town in the land for employment by Forbes magazine - February 2007

Forbes magazine ranks Raleigh-Durham number 2 in the nation as "Best Places for Business and Careers" - May 2005

Business 2.0 ranks the Triangle as America's hottest boom town, a sizzling destination poised to create more high-paying jobs than San Jose, Calif.; Washington or Atlanta - February 2005


Raleigh Ranked Among America's Most Hospitable - August 2013

Raleigh Rated Fastest Growing Metropolitan Area - March 2013

Among the nation's least residentially segregated metropolitan areas - February 2011

Men's Health magazine ranked Raleigh the most politically engaged city in America - September 2008

A study conducted by American City Business Journals ranked the Raleigh-Durham market as the best in the nation for young adults, defined as ages 20 to 34 - May 2008 ranked Raleigh as a top 15 place for cultured retirement - April 2008

Sperling's Best Places found Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill to be the third most romantic city in America for baby boomers - March 2008

Raleigh is named The Best American City for Singles" in Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine - January 2008

MarketWatch lists Raleigh in the top 25 places for retirement jobs - November 2007

Raleigh joins Washington, Denver, Austin and Lexington, Ky., in Kiplinger magazine's salute to the best cities for young singles - July 2007

Black Enterprise names Raleigh the third best city in the U.S. for African Americans - July 2007

Science & Technology

Technology and energy are driving the nation’s economy and hubs of these industries are ladled liberally throughout the Milken Institute’s 2013 rankings of America’s best performing cities. The Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area placed 13th in the listing. - January 2014

Raleigh Places 15th on Forbes' List of World's Most Inventive Cities - July 22, 2013

Raleigh is tenth on's ranking of Best Cities for IT Jobs - January 2013

Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2013 Life Sciences Cluster Report put the Raleigh-Durham area first on its list of the nation’s top life-science clusters - February 2013

Forbes latest report on “America’s New Tech Hot Spots” ranks the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area fifth in the nation - January 2013

Triangle Leads Nation In Growing Tech Jobs - March 2012

Front of Line Among U.S. Technology Hubs - January 2011

Business Facilities named Research Triangle Park number 4 on its list of International Emerging Biotech Hubs - August 2010

Raleigh tops Forbes magazine's annual list of Most Wired Cities in America - March 2010 ranked Raleigh the third most wired city - January 2009

Raleigh's growing tech industry, support of entrepreneurs and the $2.5 billion renaissance downtown place the Capital City at No. 20 in Fortune's "Blest Places to Live and Launch." - May 2008

The Association of University Research Parks names North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus the top research science park - November 2007

The U.S. Census Bureau lists Raleigh the third techiest city in America - September 2007

The Triangle has the nation's fastest-growing work force in the life-sciences industries, and the best success rate for brining biotechnology research ideas to market, according to a study by the Milken Institute - June 2005

The Triangle was ranked third among the nation's metropolitan areas as a nurturing region for biotechnology companies according to a new study of regional biotechnology centers conducted by the Milken Institute - June 2005

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