Raleigh is one corner of the triangle region of North Carolina, a booming area that includes Durham and Chapel Hill and is home to the largest research park in the U.S. In 2010, the Milken Institute ranked Raleigh No. 7 in its list of best performing cities for creating and sustaining economic growth. This Silicon Valley of the East coast attracts flocks of IT-types for jobs at tech giants like Cisco and IBM.
The area also draws professionals in biotech and financial services, with Biogen Idec, Credit Suisse and Fidelity Investments among the area's top employers.