MSA: Raleigh-Cary, NC
Best places ranking: #3 among large metro areas
The capital city of the Tar Heel state attracts entrepreneurs with its quality family life and highly educated workforce. The region is known for Research Triangle Park, a tech epicenter that draws a diverse group of international minds.
Raleigh is centrally located a few hours west of the coast and a few hours east of the Appalachian mountains -- both popular destinations for vacations. The region has a mild climate with four distinct seasons, although summer can be a bit hot. Housing is affordable compared to other parts of the country with comparably competitive technology markets, an advantage that attracts young professionals eager to start a family.
So many of them have flocked to Raleigh bedroom communities like Cary that locals nicknamed it "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees." The city's downtown region is experiencing a renaissance, with new restaurants and more night life options. Raleigh's downtown is also undergoing a makeover. The city recently built an impressive convention center, providing a space for business meetings and conferences.
Residents and business owners alike benefit from a strong higher education system, including North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The top-tier research institutions produce a well-educated pool of graduates to fill competitive jobs in biotech, financial services, and engineering. -Catherine Clifford
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"We researched towns all over the Southeast, and we landed on Raleigh. One reason we landed here was that they have an astronomical school system and they are very near Research Triangle Park. The intellectual capital is really up there." -Lou Jurkowski