Raleigh Again Tops Forbes' List

Posted March 19, 2008

— For the second year in a row, Raleigh has claimed the top spot on Forbes magazine's "Best Places for Business and Careers" list

The magazine cited local business costs that are 14 percent below the national average and the educated work force in the Triangle – 38 percent of adults possess a college degree, including 12 percent with a graduate degree.

But Forbes noted that Raleigh's "secret is out," with the nation's seventh-fastest growth rate.

Boise, Idaho, placed second on the Forbes list, followed by Fort Collins, Colo.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Lexington, Ky.; Atlanta; Richmond, Va.; Olympia and Spokane, Wash.; and Knoxville, Tenn., rounded out the Top 10.

Greenville ranked No. 8 on the magazine's list of "Best Small Metros for Business."


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  • JDC Mar 25, 2008

    It's so strange... right under the WRAL logo it says "Raleigh Durham Fayetteville" but they fail to mention Durham's #12 ranking. The disdain some outlets have for one of the cities they're supposed to be covering is incredible.

    Then again, it seems like their readers (see fatchance's comments) don't care to hear about Durham anyway.

    Bravo, WRAL.

  • Durham-Raleigh Mar 21, 2008

    "It's great to see Raleigh identified in this way without the usual link to Durham. Normally I see accolades given to "Raleigh/Durham". For some reason years ago, Durham got a ride on Raleigh's coattails, assumingly due to the RDU airport or the RTP. It's great to see Raleigh recognized without the stench of Durham & all it's crime, gangs & drug trafficking being attached."

    fatchance -- Glad to see the bigoted thoughts made it to this thread, too.

    Durham ranked #12 in the Forbes study.

  • PC is for Losers Mar 21, 2008

    I hear you then. For me, I go west more than east, so Johnston County seems way out. There comes a time when lots of people desire a more low key lifestyle.

  • Rocknhorse Mar 21, 2008

    I currently live in southern Wake Co. I prefer 'country/rural' to city and congested. We have purchased 12 acres in J.Co. and are eagerly building our home. I love the schools and the environment. I realize that no place is "perfect" but I will say that JoCo seems to be more on top of their growth and infrastructure than Raleigh/Wake on MANY levels.

  • PC is for Losers Mar 21, 2008

    C'mon rockinghorse...Johnston County. Not another person thinking that Johnson County is some kind of paradise? I guess that would be the difference between a N. Raleigh original and a West Raleigh original. Where are you living that makes it feel like JC is better?

  • Rocknhorse Mar 20, 2008

    fedupwithitall and iamforjustice - I AM a Raleigh native also. So the "road back home" would carry me to N. Raleigh! I'm also a business owner who is being adversely affected by the lack of planning of ANY infrastructure by our gov't leaders - whether that is water, schools or roads. I am moving to Johnston County as quickly as I can.

  • Frank Downtown Mar 20, 2008

    According to the other article about 36000 people moved her last year. That explains why you can drive by woods one day and the next day it has been clear cut for rows of ugly condos.

    Our tax rates need to be in line with tax rates from the North so that people are not encouraged to move here, or at least not to build another house that would even more water to water it grass and to wash a BMW.

  • foetine Mar 20, 2008

    Raleigh is #1 turf for real estate developers that want to fleece the masses.

  • flashlight Mar 20, 2008

    Here's the actual article.

    Wow. Raleigh gets ranked #1 by a magazine, and nothing but complaining! As if we're the only city in the U.S. who has problems.

  • enderby Mar 20, 2008

    everyone - here's an idea. Instead of writing here on WRAL about all the problems and how bad it is getting, pick a northern city and start sending letters to their newspapers. The governments up there would love it too. Let everyone know that Raleigh is not the place to be. It's even better if you pretend to be someone who left because of all the problems.