Find Out More About Raleigh

Raleigh, the Capital City of North Carolina, and the surrounding regions continue to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country according to Forbes Magazine. It has a great economy, top educational institutions, and outstanding healthcare facilities as just a few of the attributes that attract people to the triangle area. In addition, the mild climate, diverse workforce and proximity to Research Triangle Park combine to make Raleigh a great place to live. Great things are happening in Raleigh and its surrounding areas. Over the past couple of years, Raleigh has received some pretty impressive accolades.

There's no doubt that, when looking at a "Best of" list, you'll see Raleigh, N.C., right near the top. To toot our own horn, a few of our recent accolades include being named "America's Best City" by Businessweek.com, "Most Educated City in America" by Men's Health and "Healthiest City for Women" by Women's Health... not to mention GQ named us one of "America's Coolest Towns" and Southern Living named us one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." Discover for yourself why N.C.'s capital city is praised in the press as one of the best places in the nation to live, work and play.

Special thanks to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for its partnership in collecting these Raleigh/Wake rankings:

  • Top 15 Places to Live in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) U.S. News & World Report | April 2018
  • #10 Best Places to Start a Business (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | April 2018
  • #5 Safest City in America (Cary, NC) SmartAsset | December 2017
  • #4 U.S. City with the Fastest Growing Incomes (Raleigh, NC) SmartAsset | November 2017
  • Among Best Budget Destinations in America, Part III: The South (Raleigh) - Budget Travel, July 2017
  • #10 Among 100 Best Cities to Drive In (Raleigh) - Wallethub, July 2017
  • #6 Among 100 Most Adventurous Cities in America (Raleigh) - Men's Health, June 2017
  • Best Connected Medium Sized Airport (RDU International Airport) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology International Center for Aviation, May 2017
  • Raleigh is #22 among Most Caring Cities in America
  • #1 Among 2016 Best New Breweries (Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary) - USA TODAY 10Best, March 2017
  • #1 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #6 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #8 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #9 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #14 Fastest Growing Metro in U.S. (Raleigh) - U.S. Census Bureau, March 2017
  • Raleigh Among Top 10 Boomtowns of 2016 – SmartAsset, January 2017
  • Raleigh Among 12 top Destinations of 2017 – Forbes Travel Guide, January 2017