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Raleigh tops Forbes' list of best cities to raise a family

Posted April 17, 2014

— Citing quality schools, low crime and a low cost of living compared with residents' rising level of income, Forbes on Thursday put Raleigh atop its list of best cities to raise a family.

Raleigh edged out Grand Rapids, Mich., Ogden, Utah, and Omaha, Neb. 

Forbes used several criteria to generate its list: median household income, cost of living index, housing affordability, the percentage of residents who own their homes, average commuting delays, crime rate rankings and local school quality. 

About two-thirds of people in Raleigh own their homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Forbes also mentioned Raleigh's economy, which is centered around financial services, software and energy, retail shipping and Research Triangle Park. 

Housing costs are creeping higher in Raleigh, however. Just under 72 percent of Raleigh-area homes are deemed affordable at the median income level, according to a joint study from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.


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  • miseem Apr 17, 2014

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    Junta seems quite appropriate. The party with the most votes ends up with less than a third of the representation. What else would you call it?

  • trayNTP Apr 17, 2014

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  • Wise Man Says Apr 17, 2014

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    "junta" on Jones Street. In North Carolina we call it an election. Sorry, if you're still bitter that your side lost.

  • rduwxboy Apr 17, 2014

    The good thing about this is the progressive voters just in the metro areas of Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, Asheville, and New Hanover Counties outnumber the rest of he state combined.

  • Walkin Man Apr 17, 2014

    Let's look at the bright side folks, everyone will flock to Raleigh with the traffic congestion, higher taxes and leave the countryside to the rest of us to enjoy in peace and quiet. lol

  • Hippy_mom Apr 17, 2014

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    Thanks, Obamacare Returns Again!

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 17, 2014

    I like the way you think Hippy_mom.

  • notexactly Apr 17, 2014

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    couldn't agree more

  • spoonman Apr 17, 2014

    if you think Raleigh has "bad traffic", you are nuts

  • Mariann Byknish Apr 17, 2014
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    I only go to Raleigh if I am forced to ..hate the traffic and the people who think they own the roads......give me a quiet countryside and I am VERY content!