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The cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill are together one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Collectively known as "The Triangle," the diverse demographics and growing businesses of this area create an appealing pool of candidates for your next research study.
Foreign Direct Investment magazine's North American Cities of the Future 2009-10 survey lists Raleigh as the continent's top small city for foreign direct investment potential. (Small cities are categorized as those with less than 500,000 population.) -- April 2009
For the third consecutive year, Forbes names Raleigh America's best metro area for business and careers. -- March 2009
Best Place To Launch A New Business A BizJournals study finds Raleigh the best place to launch a new business. BizJournals used a six-part formula to analyze the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas, searching for the places that are most conducive to the creation and development of small businesses. Raleigh was the only market to rank among the top 10 in four key categories: growth rates for small businesses and population and one- and five-years increases in employment. -- February 2009
Forbes.com ranked Raleigh the third most wired city. -- January 2009
Newgeography.com put the Raleigh-Cary area at the top of its 2008 ranking of the Best Cities To Do Business In. Raleigh was up six spots from its 2007 listing of largest metro areas. -- December 2008
Politically Engaged City Men's Health magazine ranked Raleigh the most politically engaged city in America. The rankings were based on percentages of active registered voters, ballots counted, percentage of income donated in the current presidential election, campaign spending, votes cast in the 2008 primary and votes cast in recent elections for governor and senate. -- Men's Health magazine, September 2008
The Raleigh-Cary metropolitan area is ranked number two in the nation's "Top 100 Best Performing Cities" in an annual economic performance index released by Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate partners. The annual study ranks metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The Raleigh-Cary area rose from number 10 in 2007. -- September 2008
MSNBC.com ranks Raleigh America's best city. "Raleigh, N.C., it seems, is the best place to be in the U.S. right now. It ranks No. 1 in Forbes' 2008 list and was also top in 2007 - consistent placement among these lists is truly rare. It ranks No. 2 in Kiplinger's list this year. The city is also Fortune Small Business magazine's No. 20 place to live and launch." -- June 2008
Kiplinger's Personal Finance names the Triangle the second best urban area in the U.S. It highlighted undeniable date: population growth since 2000 of 19.9 percent; percentage of the work force in the creative class, 36.1 percent; cost of living index, 99 with 100 being the national average; median household income of $56,150; and income growth of 10.3 percent since 200. This ranking dubbed Houston the best in America and Omaha, Neb., the third best. -- July 2008
Forbes magazine ranks the Triangle's economy as fifth on a list of 10 recession-proof local economies. -- May 2008