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— Jeanette F.

North Carolina

Here are some recent articles touting North Carolina as one of the best places to live in the country. If you see any other articles that you think should be listed here for everyone to read, let us know.


  • Money Magazine’s Best Place to Live - These two places, Cary, N.C. and Sugarland Run, Va., topped their rankings of the most desirable places to live in the eastern United States. [Read Article Here]
  • Healthiest Places for Retirees to Live - No more nine-to-five. No more rat race. Now that you're retired, you may be looking for a change in scenery. There are many beautiful places across the country to move to, but which locations are the healthiest? We've selected a few cities that seem to fit the bill. [Read Article Here]
  • Builder Magazine ranks the Durham-Chapel Hill market #9 on it's 2010 list of top 20 healthiest housing markets in the country.  Durham-Chapel Hill is one of only two markets on the list that escaped the national pattern of home price deflation. Median home prices actually rose last year by 2.7%. [Read Article Here]
  • Raleigh Getting High Marks - The Research Triangle Region routinely ranks among the best places to do business, work and live. Here are some recent rankings. [Read Article Here]
  • May 2006 - Forbes.com ranks Raleigh the #2 city in the country for Business and Career Opportunities, By Kurt Badenhausen - [Read Article Here]

Where to Live for Less Than $500,000 

Forbes magazines has compiled a list of cities where $500,000 will still buy an exceedingly comfortable lifestyle. 

To choose these 10 locations, Forbes examined the cost of the typical four-bedroom, two-bathroom, and 2,200-square-foot home. They also factored in the amount of patent and venture capital activity, average commute, and an average cost of living below $100,000. 

The top cities were:

  1. Irvine, Calif.
  2. Raleigh, N.C.
  3. Bellevue, Wash.
  4. Portland, Ore.
  5. Sunnyvale, Calif.
  6. Redmond, Wash.
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Chandler, Ariz.
  9. Rochester, N.Y.
  10. Plano, Texas

Source: Forbes, Matt Woolsey (02/12/2009)


Business 2.0 - Triangle Named Nation’s Hottest Job Market

The Triangle's job market soon will be booming again, according to Business 2.0 magazine.

The magazine's March issue anoints the Triangle as the nation's hottest job market, placing the area atop a ranking of 20 "Boom Towns" that will generate 850,000 skilled jobs in the next four years.

San Jose , Calif., was No. 2 on the list, while Washington, D.C., placed third. Austin, Texas, and Atlanta rounded out the top five. Charlotte ranked No. 19 on the list.


Employment Review- Triangle Named #1 Place to Live and Work in America

For the second year in a row, magazine editors at Employment Review named Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill the number one “ Best Place to Live and Work in America.”


Editors wrote that the Triangle “offers a great quality of life, a low crime rate, affordable housing, top-notch educational institutions, some of the best healthcare facilities in the world, a diverse industry base, and an environment in which it is ideal to raise a family.”


The article goes on to describe the area’s “thriving business sector,” its first-rate healthcare facilities, and that the region is “the premier address for relocating and expanding companies that want access to technology-transfer opportunities” through Research Triangle Park’s close ties to the three local universities. Another key ingredient in attracting employers and residents to the Triangle is its central location between the mountains and the beach and the high quality of life the area maintains.


UNC-Chapel Hill Awarded Top Honors

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has been recognized by Kiplinger for the sixth straight year as the nation’s top public university.

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