Businessweek names Raleigh best American city
Posted September 21, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh has been named America's Best City by Businessweek.com.
The ranking was based on the city's thriving social scene, good schools and jobs. The positives come without the negatives that come with bigger cities.
"True, Raleigh may not be the center of the tech universe like San Francisco, a hub of higher education on the same scale as Boston or a vibrant 24-hour metropolis like New York, but all those cities also offered higher unemployment, a dearth of parks, worse public education and other negative factors that weighed against them," the article stated.
The other cities in the top five were Arlington, Va., Honolulu, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Irvine, Calif.
New York was 14th, while Los Angeles ranked 53rd and Chicago 75th.
Detroit, Stockton, Calif., Akron, Ohio, Laredo, Texas, and Cleveland held the last five spots on the list of the top 100 cities.