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

Posted April 17

— 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, 7:52 p.m.

    The results were compiled for Forbes readers.

    As awful as the junta on Jones Street has been, if... View More

    — Posted by goldenosprey

    "junta" on Jones Street. In North Carolina we call it an election. Sorry, if you're still bitter... View More

    — Posted by Wise Man Says

    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, 6:12 p.m.

    That is until fracking contaminates all of our drinking water. That should drop Raleigh into... View More

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again

    Exactly.

  • Wise Man Says Apr 17, 5:53 p.m.

    The results were compiled for Forbes readers.

    As awful as the junta on Jones Street has been, if... View More

    — Posted by goldenosprey

    "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, 5:43 p.m.

    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, 5:02 p.m.

    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, 4:06 p.m.

    I like the way you think Hippy_mom.

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again

    Thanks, Obamacare Returns Again!

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 17, 3:58 p.m.

    I like the way you think Hippy_mom.

  • notexactly Apr 17, 3:39 p.m.

    Can you blame them? We have a co-worker who's yearly property taxes where 13,000. They moved... View More

    — Posted by 68_dodge_polara

    I don't mind people moving here. However, I do mind them complaining.

    — Posted by Hippy_mom

    I like to think we make things better without being too obnoxious.

    Raleigh was really lacking in... View More

    — Posted by glarg

    I'm not try to be obnoxious, I'm just tired of people moving here, then complaining about... View More

    — Posted by Hippy_mom

    couldn't agree more

  • spoonman Apr 17, 3:17 p.m.

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

  • Desiderata Apr 17, 3:12 p.m.

    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!

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