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Can-do. Cool. Healthy. Brainy. Young. Funny. Inventive. Optimistic. Clean. Affordable. Smart. These are just a few of the words that top national media outlets use to describe us and our region in their key yearly rankings of places across the country. Here’s how the Triangle stacks up when it comes to schools, education, and universities:

#1 Most Educated City in North Carolina (Durham, NC) Yahoo Finance | October 2016

#8 National University (Duke University) U.S. News & World Report | September 2016

#2 Best Small Metro for College Students (Durham, NC) Fortune | November 2015

#4 Best Mid-Sized Metro for College Students (Raleigh, NC) American Institute for Economic Research | November 2015 

#1 Best Southern Schools (Duke University) Forbes | August 2015

#10 Most Educated City in U.S. (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | August 2015

#5 U.S. City with the most STEM graduates (Raleigh, NC) Brookings Institute, June 2015

#1 School System with the Most National Board Certified Teachers in the US (Wake County Public Schools) National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, December 2014

#2 Most Affordable Market with Good Schools (Raleigh, NC) RealtyTrac, November 2014

Top 25 Best MBA Program in the World (Duke University's Fuqua School of Business) The Economist, October 2014

#2 Most Educated City in the US (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub, September 2014

#3 Most Educated City in the US (Durham, NC) WalletHub, September 2014

#5 Best State for Academic Research & Development Intensity (North Carolina) U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2014

#3 Highest Percentage Growth in Population with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher since 1980 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) The Atlantic and National Journal, November 2013

#1 Metro with the Highest Concentration of Engineering and Engineering Technology Degrees (Raleigh-Cary, NC) New Geography, August 2013

#15 Most Inventive City in the World (Raleigh, NC) Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, July 2013

South’s Smartest Medical Cities (Raleigh, NC) Convention South, June 2013

#2 Best Value in Public Education (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Princeton Review/USA Today, February 2013

#1 Best Public College Value (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, January 2013

#1 Metro with the Largest Share of College Grads in the Center City (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Atlantic Cities, January 2013

 For a full list of rankings in the Region or surrounding communities, use the links below:

Research Triangle Region Rankings
Durham County Rankings

Orange County Rankings

Wake County Rankings

#4 Best Mid-Sized Metro for College Students (Raleigh, NC) American Institute for Economic Research | November 2015