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Triangle area ranked second-best place in country to live in new U.S. News & World Report

The Triangle was ranked the No. 2 place in the country to live in an annual list from the U.S. News & World Report.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Triangle area was ranked the No. 2 place in the country to live in an annual list from the U.S. News & World Report.

The area was highlighted for its "research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries" and given a 7.5 overall score. The region has seen a growing population base for decades in part due to an attractive job market, relative affordability and nationally-recognized universities.

A summary from the magazine noted "This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring new residents every day with strong job growth and a high quality of life." The Triangle was also praised for a "strong sense of community" and described many of the area's residents as "young, friendly, diverse and educated."

The list ranked Boulder, Colorado as the top place to live in the country. The complete top ten list is as follows:

  • Boulder, CO
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Austin, TX
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Naples, FL
  • Portland, ME
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Portland, OR
In 2019, Raleigh was ranked the second-best place to live in the country by Livability.com.
Earlier this year, the Triangle drew headlines nationally when Apple picked the Triangle for a $1 billion campus and Google selected Durham for an engineering hub.