RALEIGH/WAKE COUNTY ACCOLADES (as of 2/11/2015)

 

2015

  • #4 Fastest-Growing City (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | January 2015
  • #5 Best Performing Metro (Raleigh-Cary, NC) The Milken Institute | January 2015
  • #41 World’s Leading Metropolitan Areas (Raleigh, NC) The Brookings Institute January 2015
  • 2015 City to Watch (Raleigh, NC) Urbanful | January 2015
  • #5 Best-Performing Large U.S. City (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Milken Institute | January 2015
  • Among Five American Cities You Should Visit in 2015 (Raleigh) – The Huffington Post, February 2015

 

2014

  • #10 Best City in America for 2014 (Raleigh, NC) Movoto | December 2014
  • #7 Smartest City in America (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | November 2014
  • #5 Digital City in America (Raleigh, NC) Center for Digital Government November 2014
  • #2 Easiest Place to Find a Job (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | November 2014
  • #9 Best Place for Jobs Requiring Post-Secondary Education (Raleigh-Cary, NC) CityLab | September 2014
  • #2 Most Educated City in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | September 2014
  • #4 Metro for Economic Growth (Raleigh, NC) CityLab | September 2014
  • #8 Best City to Live in (Cary, NC) 24/7 Wall St. | September 2014
  • #2 Fastest-Growing Large U.S. City from 2010 to 2030 (Raleigh, NC) United Nations Population Division August 2014
  • #3 Best Place for Entrepreneurs to Start a Business (Raleigh, NC) U.S. Chamber of Commerce August 2014
  • #2 Fastest-Growing City (Raleigh, NC) Business Facilities | August 2014
  • #10 Best City for Women in Business (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Bizjournals.com | July 2014
  • #10 Most Recession-Recovered City (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | July 2014
  • #4 Happiest Metro with a Population Greater than 1 Million (Raleigh, NC) University of British Columbia July 2014
  • #1 Best Place for Business in 2014 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes | July 2014
  • #7 Best City for Future Job Growth in 2014 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes | July 2014
  • #4 City for Finding a Great Tech Job (Raleigh, NC) TechRepublic | July 2014
  • #5 Top State for Business CNBC | June 2014
  • #4 Best State for Business 2014 Chief Executive | May 2014
  • #3 Fastest-Growing State for Women-owned Businesses American Express OPEN March 2014
  • #8 State for Number of Women Owned Businesses American Express OPEN March 2014
  • #2 Metro for Boomer Population Growth (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Trulia.com | June 2014
  • #3 Least Stressed Out City (Raleigh, NC) CNN Money | June 2014
  • #2 Fastest-Growing Large Metro through 2020 (Raleigh, NC) The U.S. Conference of Mayors June 2014
  • #2 Best City for a Job This Summer (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | June 2014
  • #8 City for Technology Careers Raleigh, NC) CIO.com | June 2014
  • #8 City for Female Entrepreneurs (Raleigh, NC) Intuit | May 2014
  • #7 American Dream City (Raleigh-Cary, NC) The Burghard Group | May 2014
  • #8 City Creating the Most Information Jobs (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | May 2014
  • #4 Best City to Start a Business (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet | May 2014
  • #9 Best City for Employee Recognition (Raleigh, NC) Quantum Workplace | May 2014
  • #4 Best Big City for Jobs in 2014 (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | April 2014
  • #1 Fastest-Growing Metro from 2000 to 2013 (Raleigh-Cary, NC) CityLab | April 2014
  • #10 Most Optimistic Community (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Gallup | April 2014
  • #10 Best Metro for Small Business (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Bizjournals.com | April 2014
  • #4 Most Cost-Attractive Mid-Sized City for Business (Raleigh, NC) KPMG | April 2014
  • #3 Fastest-Growing City (Raleigh-Cary, NC) CNN Money | March 2014
  • Top 8 Region On the Rise (Raleigh, NC) Time | March 2014
  • #11 Best City to Find a Job (Raleigh, NC) WalletHub | March 2014
  • #3 Best City for Young Entrepreneurs (Raleigh, NC) Credit Donkey | February 2014
  • #5 Emerging Tech Hub in the World (Raleigh, NC) TransferWise | February 2014
  • #11 Best City for Female Entrepreneurs (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet | February 2014
  • #2 Fastest-Growing City in 2014 (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | February 2014
  • #6 Most Affordable and Growing City in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) Cheapism.com | January 2014
  • #10 New Opportunity City (Raleigh, NC) Yahoo Finance | January 2014
  • #3 U.S. City for Business Prosperity in 2014 (Raleigh, NC) Business Review USA | January 2014
  • #6 Best City for Job Seekers in 2014 (Raleigh, NC) Nerd Wallet | January 2014
  • #10 Best Run City in America (Raleigh, NC) 24/7 Wall St. | January 2014

 

2013

  • #9 U.S. Region to Watch in 2014 (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | December 2013
  • #4 City Where Working-Age Americans Are Moving (Raleigh, NC) Forbes | December 2013
  • #6 Best City in America for 2013 (Raleigh, NC) Movoto | December 2013
  • #2 City Creating the Most Technology Jobs (Raleigh-Cary, NC) Forbes | November 2013
  • #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
  • #4 Best State for Business Forbes | September 2013
  • #5 State for Doing Business Area Development Magazine September 2013
  • #3 Best State for Business Chief Executive | May 2013
  • #3 in Growth of Women-Owned Businesses American Express | April 2013
  • #1 State for Job Growth Staffing Industry Analysts February 2013
  • #1 Fastest-Growing State for Job Growth in Biosciences Since 2001 Battelle Technology Partnership Practice | January 2013
  • #6 State with Highest Population Growth Over the Past 10 Years U.S. Census Bureau | February 2013
  • #3 Fastest-Growing State from 2010 to 2012 U.S. Census | January 2013
  • #6 Increase in Clean Economy Jobs from 2003 to 2010 Brookings Institution | January 2013

 

2012

  • #1 Market for Retail Job Growth (Raleigh) – American City Business Journal, September 2012
  • #56 Among Best Places to Live, America’s Best Small Cities (Cary) – CNNMoney, August 2012
  • #1 Best Quality of Life (Raleigh) – Business Facilities Magazine, July/August 2012
  • #2 Among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, June 2012
  • #2 Among 10 Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities (Raleigh) – CNNMoney, April 2012
  • 10 Best Cities in America for Health and Happiness (Raleigh) – EcoSalon, March 2012

 

2011

  • America’s Best City (Raleigh) – Businessweek.com, September 2011
  • #5 Among 10 Best Cities for Educated Workers (Raleigh-Cary) – 24/7 Wall St., September 2011
  • #4 Among Top 100 Places to Live in 2011 (Raleigh) – RelocateAmerica, July 2011
  • #1 Among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, June 2011
  • #14 Among 2011 Best Cities for Job Growth (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, June 2011
  • #7 Top Metro for Small Business (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2011
  • #3 Best Labor Market for Young Adults (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2011

 

2010

  • North Carolina’s Axis of Cool (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) – New York Times T:Travel Magazine, November 2010
  • #8 Best City for Job Growth (Raleigh-Cary)- Newgeography.com, November 2010
  • Top 10 Places in America Poised for Recovery (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) – Newsweek, November 2010
  • #1 County in Green Jobs (Wake County) – N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, October 2010
  • #4 among America’s Smartest Cities (Raleigh-Cary MSA plus Durham MSA) – The Daily Beast, October 2010
  • #7 Best-Performing City (Raleigh-Cary) – Milken Institute, October 2010
  • #4 Among America’s Smartest Cities (Raleigh-Cary) – CNNMoney.com, October 2010
  • #4 Least-Stressed Metropolitan Area Among the 50 Biggest U.S. Metros (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com, September 2010
  • #3 among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes.com, July 2010
  • 20th Fastest Growing Incorporated Place in the U.S. over 100,000 Population (Raleigh) – U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, June 2010
  • #3 Top Metro for Small Business (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2010
  • #3 Most Innovative City (Raleigh) – Forbes, May 2010
  • #1 in Quality of Life among Major Markets (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, May 2010
  • #15 in Economic Strength Rankings (Raleigh-Cary) – Policom Corporation, May 2010
  • Top 100 Fun Places in America (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2010
  • #8 Best Place to Live (Raleigh-Cary) – RelocateAmerica.com, April 2010
  • #3 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes.com, April 2010
  • 4th Fastest Growing U.S. Metropolitan Area from 2000 to 2009 (Raleigh-Cary) – U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, March 2010
  • #3 Metro Area for Overall Well-Being (Raleigh-Cary) – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, February 2010
  • #3 Area in Five-Year Jobs Growth (Raleigh-Cary) – Buffalo Business First, February 2010
  • #1 Healthiest County in North Carolina (Wake County) – University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, January 2010
  • #3 Best Place to Launch a New Business (Raleigh) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, January 2010

 

2009

  • #16 Cities Where Americans Are Getting Richer (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes.com, December 2009
  • #10 among 2009 Best Performing Cities (Raleigh-Cary) – Milken Institute, November 2009
  • #3 Best Place to Launch a Small Business (Raleigh-Cary) – Fortune Small Business, October 2009
  • #1 among America’s Smartest Cities–from First to Worst (Raleigh-Cary MSA plus Durham MSA) – The Daily Beast, October 2009
  • #44 Best Places to Live: America’s Best Small Towns (Apex) – Money Magazine, July 2009
  • 2009 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Meetings & Conventions, July 2009
  • #6 Best Places to Live and Work for Young Professionals: Mighty Micros (Cary) – Next Generation Consulting, June 2009
  • #12 Best Places to Live and Work for Young Professionals: Midsized Magnets (Raleigh) – Next Generation Consulting, June 2009
  • Strongest Metro Area in North Carolina (Raleigh-Cary) – Brookings Institution, June 2009
  • #5 Fastest-Growing Metropolitan Area in the Country (Raleigh-Cary) – Easy Analytic Software, May 2009
  • #8 Best Big Cities for Jobs (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes.com, May 2009
  • #10 Best City of 2009 (Raleigh-Cary)- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, May 2009
  • #1 City with Best Economic Potential (Raleigh)- fDi Magazine, April 2009
  • #1 City Where Americans Are Relocating (Raleigh)- Forbes.com, April 2009
  • #1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes.com, March 2009
  • #1 Fastest-Growing Metropolitan Area in the Country (Raleigh-Cary) – U.S. Census Bureau, March 2009
  • 2nd Best State to Do Business In (North Carolina) – Chief Executive Magazine, March 2009
  • #1 Top City for Small Business (Raleigh, NC) – Bizjournals and portfolio.com, February 2009
  • 10 Great Cities for Salary Growth (Raleigh-Cary) – Yahoo! Hotjobs, January 2009