Which Is America’s Best City? Raleigh (Again)

Downtown RaleighThe Raleigh-Cary area is consistently getting top rankings in it seems every ranking by every newspaper, magazine, or study. Again, this week is no different. In a Bloomberg-BusinessWeek article, the Raleigh area ranked #1 for the Best City In America. The article goes into detail in why Raleigh got the top ranking.

For the past 20 months, the Raleigh area has been at or near the top of over 114 list, including more than 10 so far this year. The types of lists ranges from quality of life to residential market quality to various employment clusters to being one of the top funniest cities.


I moved to Raleigh nine years ago this month. I have enjoyed living here ever since. The weather, access to the beaches & mountains, and the people are all parts I enjoy daily. Up until moving here, I have never lived in a place that was constantly getting “The Best” rankings from the number of sources like Raleigh has.

However, with all of of the accolades that the Raleigh area gets, I am starting to begin to wonder what is it getting us? Is it getting us the right companies? Is it attracting the right new residents to move into the area? What do the accolades provide in the way of well paying jobs? Has the influx of companies help aid in the smart growth of the area? What positive results has occurred? Has the positive press provided innovation from area residents and small businesses? Have the area schools, parks, and trails benefited from the results of the accolades?

I am not sure of any or all the answers. I am just putting the thoughts out there.

What do you think the positive press gets Raleigh and the Triangle?

–J. Nolfo helps companies understand their market and customers though a variety of market research strategies. He has over ten years of experience of market research for strategic planning purposes. He is the Director of Research at Rhino Market Research. He shares his thoughts about market research and business concepts with his blog “Pensare…Understanding Market Research in Business“. If you would like to discuss this blog or how J. can help you understand your market and customer needs, email him at jnolfo@rhinomarketresearch.com.

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2 Responses to Which Is America’s Best City? Raleigh (Again)

  1. Kris says:

    I definitely don’t have the answers, but I love the positive press for Raleigh. I think it’s well-deserved! I’ve lived here for 6 years and have seen a dramatic shift for the better the past couple of years. The culture, the food, the restaurants, the job options, the parks, the constant choices of things to do, and especially downtown…..are just fantastic! Love love LOVE this city.

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