Poll ranks Raleigh as one of the top places to live

Posted August 2, 2011 7:16 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh is one of the top places to live this year, according to a list released Tuesday by RelocateAmerica. 

The relocation service ranks Raleigh as the No. 4 place to live, behind Austin, Texas, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Boulder, Colo. 

Top cities were selected based on real estate and housing, local economics, recreation and safety. In addition, feedback from local residents, business and community leaders was also taken into consideration.

“We received thousands of submissions and connect with leaders of all the Top 100 communities that were vying for Top 10 distinctions,” Steve Nickerson, RelocateAmerica president and chief executive, said in a statement. “Raleigh demonstrated the enthusiasm and attributes that make a community great.”

Raleigh placed sixth in RelocateAmerica’s 2009 listing.

The top 10 communities to live in 2011 according to RelocateAmerica: 

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  3. Boulder, Colo.
  4. Raleigh
  5. Dallas
  6. Greenville, S.C.
  7. Augusta, Ga.
  8. Boise, Idaho
  9. Omaha, Neb.
  10. Oklahoma City, Okla.