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Key Rankings

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 jobs, key industries, the economy and business:

#1 Best Place for Business in 2014 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes, July 2014

#1 City Where Temp Jobs are Poised to Grow the Fastest (Raleigh-Cary, NC) EMSI, July 2014

#4 City for Finding a Great Tech Job (Raleigh, NC) TechRepublic, July 2014

#5 Top State for Business (North Carolina) CNBC, June 2014

#2 Best City for a Job This Summer (Raleigh, NC) Forbes, June 2014

#4 Life Science Cluster in the U.S. (Raleigh-Durham, NC) Jones Lang LaSalle, June 2014

#2 Fastest Growth in U.S. Patents Received (Raleigh-Cary, NC) U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, June 2014

#4 Best State for Business 2014 (North Carolina) Chief Executive, May 2014

#5 Competitive State of 2013 (North Carolina) Site Selection Magazine, May 2014

#4 Best City to Start a Business (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet, May 2014

#4 Most Cost-Attractive Mid-Sized City for Business (Raleigh, NC) KPMG, April 2014

#4 Best Big City for Jobs in 2014 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes April 2014

#5 State for Venture Capital Committed in 2012  (North Carolina) National Venture Capital Association, March 2014

#3 Fastest Growing State for Women-owned Businesses (North Carolina) American Express OPEN, March 2014

#2 City Creating the Most Technology Jobs (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes, November 2013

#4 Best City for a Tech Job (Raleigh, NC) Forbes, October 2013

#2 Best State for Availability of Skilled Labor (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#3 Best State for Overall Cost of Doing Business (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#4 Best State Incentive Program (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#3 Best State for Access to Capital & Project Funding (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#3 Best State for Overall Labor Climate (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#5 Best State for Competitive Labor Costs (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#3 Best State Work Force Development Program (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#3 Best State Right-to-Work Environment (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 2013

#5 Best State for Overall Infrastructure & Global Access (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, September 201

#4 State for Biotechnology (Drugs & Pharmaceuticals) (North Carolina) Business Facilities Magazine, August 2013

#5 State for Doing Business (North Carolina) Area Development Magazine, July 2013

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

#1 City for Temporary Job Growth (Raleigh-Cary, NC) CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., April 2013

#4 Life Science Cluster in the U.S. (Raleigh-Durham, NC) Jones Lang Lasalle, May 2013

#5 Competitive State of 2012 (North Carolina) Site Selection Magazine, May 2013

#4 Best City for Young Entrepreneurs (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet, April 2013

#2 Best City to Start a Business (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet, April 2013

#3 in Growth of Women-Owned Businesses (North Carolina) American Express, April 2013

Silver Shovel Award Recipient for Economic Development and Job Creation (North Carolina) Area Development, April 2013

#2 Medium Sized City for Young Entrepreneurs (Raleigh, NC) under30ceo.com, March 2013

#4 City for Life Science Companies (Raleigh-Durham, NC) Area Development Magazine, March 2013

#8 City for Women Entrepreneurs (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet, February 2013

#2 Place to Start a Business in 2013 (Raleigh, NC) National Federation of Independent Business, February 2013

#1 Fastest Growing State for Job Growth in Biosciences since 2001 (North Carolina) Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, January 2013

#1 State for Job Growth (North Carolina) Staffing Industry Analysts, February 2013

# 4 City Winning the Battle for America’s Biggest Growth Sector (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes.com, February 2013

#4 Best City for Small Business (Raleigh-Cary, NC) The Business Journals, February 2013

 #3 Best-Performing City for Creating & Sustaining Jobs & Economic Growth (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Milken Institute, January 2013

#5 America’s New Tech Hot Spots (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes.com, January 2013

#2 Increase in Clean Economy Jobs 2003-2010 (Raleigh, NC) Brookings Institution, January 2013

#1 Large -Sized County (Durham, NC) Fourth Economy National Community Index, December 2012

#3 Easiest City For Finding a Job (Raleigh, NC) Forbes.com, November 2012

#2 Best Region to Secure a Biotech Job (North Carolina) Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, October 2012 

#1 Creative Class Metro (Durham, NC) Martin Prosperity Institute, July 2012

#1 Fastest Growing City for Technology Jobs (Raleigh, NC) Dice, March 2012

#1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh, NC) Forbes.com, June 2011

#1 Highest Paying Metro Area in the South (Durham, NC) The Business Journals, May 2011

#1 Metro for IT Labor Force (Raleigh-Durham, NC) KLG Advisors, May 2011

#2 Region for Increase of Educated Migrants (Research Triangle Region) Forbes.com, June 2011

#2 Biggest Brain Magnet in U.S. (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes.com, February 2011

#2 Fastest Growing Region for Green Jobs (Research Triangle Region) Brookings Institution, July 2011

#2 Top City for Smart Grid U.S. Headquarters (Raleigh, NC) Duke University, April 2011

#2 Top City for Smart Grid Software Development (Raleigh, NC) Duke University, April 2011

#4 City for Young Adults to Start a Career (Raleigh, NC) American City Business Journals, June 2011

#5 Top 10 Best Cities for Educated Workers (Raleigh-Cary, NC) 247WallSt.com, September 2011

#7 Best City for Jobs (Raleigh, NC) Forbes.com, May 2012

#8 Place for Military Retirees to Launch Second Career (Raleigh, NC), USAA.com, November 2011

#9 of the World’s Top 10 Established Biotech Clusters (Research Triangle Park, NC) Business Insights, October 2011

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