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Raleigh-Cary Metro Up to 7th in 'Inc.' Large-City Ranks

Posted April 24, 2007

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— Inc. magazine gives high marks to the Raleigh-Cary metro area as a place to do business.

Raleigh and Cary takn together vaulted 42 spots to 50th among the nearly 400 metropolitan areas rated by the magazine, which puts an emphasis on entrepreneurs and emerging businesses. Among large cities alone, Raleigh ranked seventh this year, up from 13th in 2006.

Las Vegas kept its ranking as the top large city.

The magazine rated cities based on an index of several factors, including job growth.

Raleigh generated a 4.5 percent increase in non-farm jobs in 2005-2006 and has grown its non-farm jobs base 12.3 percent since 2001, according to the magazine.

Durham, meanwhile, climbed 34 spots to rank 185th in the overall metro rankings.

Several other N.C. cities also improved their rankings. Wilmington rose 31 spots to 55th. Jacksonville jumped 31 spots to 100th, and Asheville vaulted 65 spots to 121st.

Cities losing ground included: Charlotte, dipping 58 spots to 149th; Greenville down 32 to 217; Winston-Salem off 82 to 224; Greensboro-High Point down 113 to 355; Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton off 62 to 380; and Goldsboro down 47 to 386.

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  • ralwood Apr 25, 2007

    NOWS THATS RALEIGHWOOD STYLE!!

  • BlarneyStone Apr 24, 2007

    I sent a letter to the online editor. I read and Inc and this article is all wrong. This is the 2nd business article today- the other talked about Midway airlines adding flights at RDU. Woopsy.

    "Raleigh and Cary vaulted 42 spots to 50th among the nearly 400 metropolitan areas ranked by the magazine, which puts an emphasis on entrepreneurs and emerging business. Among large cities, Raleigh stood 13th in 2006."

    So Raleigh vaulted up 42 spots when it was 13th last year? Sounds like a drop to me. Fortunately I know that the statistics are for something else and you guys once again have the reporting for this article all wrong too.

    Maybe ya'll should set up a public advisory board!

  • suamme1 Apr 24, 2007

    hmm, pretty clear to me

    "Raleigh and Cary vaulted 42 spots to 50th among the nearly 400 metropolitan areas rated by the magazine... Among large cities, Raleigh stood 13th in 2006.

  • DrunkSober Apr 24, 2007

    All the cultured people I know live in Cary.

  • muertavaca Apr 24, 2007

    YEAH, GREAT! maybe even more people can exacerbate our suburban sprawl problems!!

  • BlarneyStone Apr 24, 2007

    Hmmmm... Read the title, then read paragraph 2. Is it 7th place or 50th place? Um. WRAL- maybe you should clarify? It's kind of confusing.

  • IzzMad2016 Apr 24, 2007

    Yes hollywood! That would be great. At least the area is in the new for something good for a change!!

  • hollywood Apr 24, 2007

    More great news for Raleigh...I hope this brings more big jobs to the area!

  • IzzMad2016 Apr 24, 2007

    Ah ha! I knew living in Cary was a good thing. Never again will I feel the need to defend my choice to live there to the "let's bash Cary for any silly and stupid reason" people. Cary rocks!!!!