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Triangle tabbed as 7th best place to live in national ranking

Posted February 7
Updated June 12

Some roofs in downtown Raleigh were still covered with snow a week after a dusting fell in early January 2014.

— The Triangle is the seventh best place to live in the United States.

In the U.S. News and World Report's ranking of the 100 most populous metro areas, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area beat out other cities, like Boston, Colorado Springs and Nashville, Tennessee to claim the seventh slot. The central North Carolina metro also ranked seven spots higher than Charlotte, which came in 14th.

The media company assessed each metro area's job market, quality of life and net migration, among other factors, to determine the ranking.

Bountiful green spaces, an educated, diverse workforce, and a smattering of craft breweries were all noted in the highlights of Triangle living. Those, along with a low unemployment rate and growing housing market, gave a bump to the rank.

Top 10 Best Places to Live:

1. Austin, Texas

2. Denver, Colorado

3. San Jose, California

4. Washington, D.C.

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

6. Seattle, Washington

7. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

8. Boston, Massachusetts

9. Des Moines, Iowa

10. Salt Lake City, Utah


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  • Arron Lee Feb 7, 2017
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    Just shows there are many people out there who don't give a flip about the LGBT forcing their agendas on citizens. There is more in NC than that.

  • Greg Magnus Feb 7, 2017
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    I must say, I am actually pretty surprised NC ranked that high. Seeing as how HB2 is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars, and now potentially another $250 million in lost revenue with the NCAA crossing our state off the list!

  • Thomas Williams Feb 7, 2017
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    This is a ridiculous thing to publish. How about trying to get out on the highway and make an appointment just about any time during the day. Good luck, the roads are so crowded now, and publishing articles such as this only encourage more to come. My question is what about the overcrowding we are now having with housing and constant building, the over crowded roads, stores, the list goes on. Too many people here now, don't keep encouraging them to come.

  • Mike Trekker Feb 7, 2017
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    Wow, three of the most racist cities I know of made this list! Boston, San Jose and Washington, DC.