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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 housing, safety, well-being, health, and quality of life:

#10 Best City for Growing Food (Raleigh-Durham, NC) | November 2016

#8 Top 2017 Housing Market (Raleigh, NC) Realtor.Com | November 2016

#7 U.S. Market to Watch: Overall Real Estate Prospects (Raleigh, NC) ULI | November 2016

#7 Best Small City in America (Holly Springs, NC) WalletHub | October 2016

#2 Most Popular Metro for Relocating Renters (Raleigh, NC) Zillow | October 2016

#9 Top City for Alternative Spirituality (Durham, NC) Realtor.Com | September 2016

#3 City with the Most Access to Quality Healthcare (Raleigh-Durham) Beckers Hospital Review | August 2016 

A Best City for Artist to Live (Durham, NC) Money Under 30 | August 2016

#3 Best Large City to Live in (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | July 2016

#9 Top 10 Cities Americans are Moving to Right now (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | July 2016

#11 Best College Town in America (Chapel Hill, NC) Business Insider, July 2016 

#6 City Where Your Paycheck Goes the Furthest (Durham-Chapel Hill, NC) Vox | June 2016

#1 City to Order Vegetarian (Durham, NC) GrubHub | June 2016

#5 Best City for Single Mothers (Durham, NC) 24/7 Wall St. | June 2016

#9 America’s Favorite City (Raleigh, NC) Travel & Leisure | April 2016

#7 Top 10 Boom Town Across America (Rolesville, NC) Realtor.com | April 2016

#10 Top City for Urban Farming (Durham, NC) U.S. Department of Agriculture | April 2016 

#9 Fastest Growing City (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | March 2016

#1 Healthiest NC County (Wake County, NC) County Health Rankings | March 2016

#4 Best Place to Live (Raleigh-Durham, NC) US News | March 2016

#5 Best State Capital (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | February 2016

#5 Best City to Live and Work (Raleigh, NC) Robert Half Career City Index | February 2016

#7 Highest Well-Being Community, Large Communities (Raleigh, NC) Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index | January 2016

#5 Best Metro for Middle-Class Families (Raleigh, NC) Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy | January 2016

#1 City for Men Who Want to be Fit and Happy (Raleigh, NC) Men’s Health | January 2016

Top Rental Market for Millennials (Durham, NC) HousingWire | December 2015 

#2 City Doing the Most to Address the U.S. Housing Shortage (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | December 2015

#7 Best Place to Own Since The Housing Bottom(Raleigh, NC) Trulia | December 2015

#6 Best Place to Live(Cary, NC) 24/7 Wall St. | November 2015 

#3 Best City for Veterans(Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | November 2015

#5 Best City in the Nation for Air Quality (Durham, NC) EPA | October 2015

10 Best Places to Retire on Less Than $100 a Day (Durham, NC) American City Business Journal | October 2015

#2 City Where Your Money Goes the Farthest (Durham, NC) American City Business Journal | October 2015

#7 Best City in the World to Launch a Career (Raleigh, NC) HubSpot | October 2015 

#9 Best City for Millennial Entrepreneurs (Durham, NC) Thumbtack | September 2015

#9 Large City for Economic Growth (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | September 2015

#2 Best City in NC for Retirement (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | September 2015

Best NC Cities for Singles (Raleigh, Durham, Carrboro, NC) Only in Your State |  August 2015

#3 Metro with Greatest Decline in Car Commuting (Durham-Chapel Hill, NC) US Census Bureau  | August 2015 

#3 Metro with the Highest Annualized Productivity Growth (Durham-Chapel Hill, NC) CityLab | August 2015 

#2 Best College Town (Durham, NC) Livability | August 2015

#8 Healthiest Housing Market (Cary, NC) WalletHub | August 2015

#1 Best City to Live (Apex, NC) Money Magazine | August 2015

#2 Best Large City to Live In (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | August 2015

#5 Best Large City for First Time Home Buyers (Raleigh, NC) Wallet Hub, July 2015

#10 Best City to Be a Driver (Raleigh, NC) Wallet Hub, July 2015

#5 Safest City in North Carolina (Holly Springs, NC) Safewise, June 2015

 #7 Safest City in North Carolina (Apex, NC) Safewise, June 2015

#8 Safest City in North Carolina (Cary, NC) Safewise, June 2015

#1 Best Suburb to Buy a House in North Carolina (Holly Springs, NC) Niche, June 2015

#5 Best Suburb to Buy a House in North Carolina (Apex, NC) Niche, June 2015

#6 Best Suburb to Buy a House in North Carolina (Wake Forest, NC) Niche, June 2015

#9 Best Suburb to Buy a House in North Carolina (Cary, NC) Niche, June 2015

#2 Most Active Market for New Home Sales (Raleigh, NC) CoreLogic, May 2015

#3 Most Mom- Friendly City in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) Sperling’s Best Places & Teleflora, May 2015

#3 Community in the U.S. for Overall Well-Being (Raleigh, NC) Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, April 2015

#1 Mid-Sized American City of the Future (Raleigh, NC) Financial Times, April 2015

#2 College Town in ACC (Chapel Hill, NC) Athlon Sports, April 2015

#4 Hottest U.S. House Market Where Supply Meets Demand (Raleigh, NC) Builder, March 2015

#10 Cities to Decrease Urban Sprawl (Raleigh, NC) CityLab, February 2015 

#41 World's Leading Metropolitan Areas (Raleigh, NC) The Brookings Institute, January 2015

#5 Best Performing Cities (Raleigh-Cary,NC) The Milken Institute, January 2015

#2 Best City for African Americans (Raleigh, NC) Forbes, January 2015

#2 Most Internet Connected city in the US (Cary, NC) The US Census Bureau, November 2014

#3 Safest City in America (Cary, NC) 24/7 Wall Street, November 2014

#5 Digital City in America   (Raleigh, NC) Center for Digital Government, November 2014

#3 Mid-Sized Metro for College Students (Raleigh-Cary, NC) American Institute for Economic Research, October 2014

#1 U.S. City Attracting the Most Families (Raleigh, NC) Forbes,  September 2014

Most Affordable County in NC for a Wedding (Wake County, NC) Nerd Wallet, September 2014

#4 Metro for Economic Growth (Raleigh, NC) CityLab, September 2014

#2 Fastest Growing Large U.S. City from 2010 to 2030 (Raleigh, NC) United Nations Population Division, August 2014

#4 Best Midsize City to Raise Children (Cary, NC) MyLife, August 2014

#2 Fastest Growing City (Raleigh, NC) Business Facilities, August 2014

#5 Most Stable Housing Market (Raleigh, NC) Zillow and Bloomberg, July 2014

#4 Happiest Metro with a Population Greater than 1 Million (Raleigh, NC) University of British Columbia, July 2014

#1 Fastest Growing City for Retirees (Raleigh, NC) The Fiscal Times, June 2013

#3 least stressed out city (Raleigh, NC) CNN Money, June 2014

#2 Fastest Growing Large Metro through 2020 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) The United States Conference of Mayors, June 2014

#5 Best City to Raise Children (Raleigh, NC) MyLife.com, June 2014

Top 10 Up-and-Coming Neighborhood (Raleigh, NC) USA Today, May 2014

#1 Best City for Raising a Family (Raleigh, NC) Forbes, April 2014

#1 Fastest Growing Metro from 2000-2013 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) The Atlantic Cities, April 2014

#1 Healthiest County in NC (Wake County, NC) CountyHealthRankings.org, March 2014

#5 Fastest Growing Retirement Place (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Nerd Wallet, March 2014

#3 Fastest Growing City (Raleigh, NC), U.S. Census Bureau, March 2014

#5 Emerging Tech Hub in the World (Raleigh, NC) TransferWise, February 2014

#2 Fastest Growing City in 2014 (Raleigh, NC) Forbes, February 2014

#1 Best Large Metro for Homeownership (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Nerd Wallet, January 2014

#4 City Where Working-Age Americans Are Moving (Raleigh, NC) Forbes, December 2013

#3 Best Mid-Sized City To Move To (Cary, NC) Movoto, December 2013

#3 Baby Boomer Boom Town (Raleigh, NC) SpareFoot, December 2013

#1 Top Dog Friendly City in America (Raleigh, NC) PetCareRX, October 2013

#2 Best City for Early Retirement (Cary, NC) Kiplinger’s Personal Finances, October 2013

Top 5 Best Place to Retire (Raleigh, NC) Money Magazine, October 2013

#5 Aspirational City in the US (Raleigh, NC) The Daily Beast, July 2013             

#5 Most Hospitable City in the US (Raleigh, NC) Airbnb, July 2013

#1 Best North Carolina Town for Young Families (Morrisville, NC) Nerd Wallet, July 2013

#3 Best North Carolina Town for Young Families (Holly Springs, NC) Nerd Wallet, July 2013

#5 Best North Carolina Town for Young Families (Apex, NC) Nerd Wallet, July 2013

All-America City (Garner, NC) National Civic League, June 2013

#2 Safest Major Metro in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Gallup, April 2013

#3 American Boomtown (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Bloomberg, April 2013

#5 City People Are Moving To (Raleigh-Cary, NC) The Fiscal Times, April 2013

Best City for New College Grads in 2013 (Raleigh, NC) Rent.com, March 2013

#1 Fastest Growing City in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) Forbes, March 2013

#3 Fastest Growing Large Metro (Raleigh, NC) The Atlantic Cities, March 2013

#1 City for Car Drivers (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet, March 2013

#2 Fastest Growing Metro from 1985-2011 (Raleigh-Cary) FDIC, January 2013

#1 Least Congested Major City in U.S. (Raleigh-Durham, NC) Texas A&M Transportation Institute, January 2013 

Best Place in North Carolina for Veterans (Raleigh-Cary, NC) USAA & Military.com, January 2013

#1 City for Biggest Gains in Home Sales in 2012 (Raleigh-Durham NC) RE/MAX, January 2013

#4 Fastest Growing City (Raleigh, NC) Forbes.com, January 2013

#1 Family Friendly City in U.S. (Raleigh, NC) Human Life Project, January 2013

#3 Fastest Growing State from 2010-2012 (North Carolina) U.S. Census, 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



#3 Most Mom- Friendly City in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) Sperling’s Best Places & Teleflora

#2 Most Active Market for New Home Sales (Raleigh, NC) CoreLogic

with the Highest Annualized Productivity Growth

(Durham-Chapel Hill, NC) CityLab | August 2015 

(Durham, NC) American City Business Journal | October 2015

(Durham, NC) American City Business Journal | October 2015

#4 Best Mid-Sized Metro for College Students (Raleigh, NC) American Institute for Economic Research | November 2015 ~ #6 Best Place to Live (Cary, NC) 24/7 Wall St. | November 2015 ~ #3 Best City for Veterans (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | November 2015

#7 Best Place to Own Since The Housing Bottom (Raleigh, NC) Trulia | December 2015

#2 City Doing the Most to Address the U.S. Housing Shortage (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | December 2015

#5 Best Metro for Middle-Class Families (Raleigh, NC) Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy | January 2016

#3 Best City for Young Families (Raleigh, NC) Value Penguin | February 2016