Businessweek names Raleigh best American city

Posted September 21, 2011

— Raleigh has been named America's Best City by

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.


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  • extremeski45 Sep 22, 2011

    My wacko ex used to tell complaining Yanks, "get in your car, point it north and don't let off the gas 'til you're back where you belong"...not the greatest wife but diehard southerner!

  • kpic24 Sep 22, 2011

    well maybe we can get another liberal tv station out of NYC on cable

  • westernwake1 Sep 21, 2011

    Maybe all these people showing up after reading this article will buy some of the housing inventory all the local builders have in their portfolios.

  • dellman44 Sep 21, 2011

    Maybe we'll get a real baseball team.. Like the Yankees

  • slayerhil Sep 21, 2011

    "Wonderful,here comes another 100,00 yankees to tell us " how we do it where we come from "."

    I know...and the failure of 'how they do it where they come from' is the reason they feel the need to move down here and start over again.

  • RunsWithWolves Sep 21, 2011

    Why does the Raleigh housing market still stink? And it stinks bad.

  • joeydirtwood Sep 21, 2011

    Wonderful,here comes another 100,00 yankees to tell us " how we do it where we come from ".

  • corey3rd Sep 21, 2011

    This is horrible. It means more unemployed people will hop on trains like hobos thinking Raleigh is overflowing with jobs that pay six figures. This is what it felt like in California when all the Okies arrived.

  • Bartmeister Sep 21, 2011

    This is good................... right?