I saw two intriguing statistics in this recent MSN article about city growth.
- Raleigh now has a population of 403,892 according to the 2010 US Census
- Raleigh’s population increased more than 62% since 2000
I can completely understand the draw to the Raleigh area, (Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill) and here’s why…..
Raleigh, the Capital City of North Carolina, remains one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
- #2 World’s Best Multinational Workplace: SAS (Cary, NC) SAS secured the No. 2 spot on the elite “Top 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” inaugural list from Great Place to Work®. SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, was highlighted among the best for health care, child care and work-life balance. SAS CEO Jim Goodnight said, “While we are delighted to receive this recognition, as a business leader I am most honored to know that the ranking is based on the feedback of our own employees around the world. We simply try to trust and respect people. Everything we do grows out of that philosophy. The real reward is what employees give back to the company and our customers.”
- #1 Best Places for Business and Careers – Forbes Magazine – July 2011 Forbes Magazine notes that: Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees. The capital city is part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, one of the country’s largest and most successful research parks and a major center in the U.S. for high-tech and biotech research. The surrounding area is home to a number of colleges and universities including Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. These schools have a notable economic impact on the area. The North Carolina Museum of Art, occupying a large suburban campus on Blue Ridge Road near the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, maintains one of the premier public art collections located between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta
- Raleigh Number Two on Forbes List for Best Cities for Young Professionals and Next Big Boom Town – July 2011 The presence of well-educated students from around the country points to both a concentration of talent, and a strong network of career-minded young people.
- Raleigh Is Picked to Sustain Top Ten Population Status — June 2011 Raleigh is situated to be among America’s 10 largest population gainers in the coming decade, according to data analysis firm ProximityOne. The firm’s estimates take into account results from the 2010 U.S. Census, as well as historical birth, death, migration and economic data.
- Nation’s Most Sustainable Mid-Size Community — April 2011The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lauded Raleigh with its 2011 Siemens Sustainable Community award for “a range of factors including its commitment to developing a ‘green economy.”‘ Specifically cited was the City of Raleigh’s work-force development program to retrain workers with the sills needed to make them more employable in the green economy. Also noted was Raleigh’s leadership in creating the blueprint for infrastructure to accommodate plug-in electric vehicles. Raleigh won the award for mid-sized communities: population range 50,000 to 500,000.
- Housing Market is Healthiest — March 2011: Builder magazine named the Raleigh-Cary area the healthiest of the 100 largest U.S. housing markets.
- America’s Third Cleanest City — March 2011: Forbes.com ranked Raleigh as America’s third Cleanest City. The survey explored the environmental health of the United States’ 80 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Raleigh claimed the top spot nationally for water quality.
- Least Residentially Segregated — February 2011: Data released from the Census Bureau concludes that Raleigh-Durham is among the nation’s least residentially segregated metropolitan areas. Social scientists consider a rating of less than 50 to be the moderate range. Raleigh-Durham posted 43.5 in measuring black-white segregation, the third lowest score among America’s 50 most populous areas. Only the Las Vegas, Nev.-Ariz., area at 43.2, and the Charleston-North Charleston, S.C., area at 41.8 posted lower black-white segregation rates than the Triangle. The survey data was collected Jan. 1, 2005 through Dec. 31, 2009.
- Triangle Area Attracts Brains — February 2011: The Triangle is the nation’s number two brain magnet, according to Forbes magazine. Forbes found that Raleigh-Durham rates way up there in terms of the number of college graduates gained in recent years, when compared to the region’s population age 25 and older. The top brain magnet, according to Forbes, was the New Orleans area which has rapidly gained college graduates as professionals return to the city depopulated by Hurricane Katrina. Forbes said that college graduates are increasingly looking for affordable, suburban environments where they can find a job.
- Front of Line Among U.S. Technology Hubs — January 2011: Newsweek placed Raleigh-Durham at the front of the line among U.S. technology hubs in a feature entitled, “Greetings from Recoveryland,” which lists the 10 American cities it evaluated as best situated for economic recovery. The article reads, “The population of Raleigh-Durham grew faster than any major U.S. metropolitan area during the recession, and the city ranked third on Newsweek’s list in terms of job growth over the last decade.”
In addition, Raleigh boasts of a large education hub: North Carolina State University, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s College, Meredith College, Wake Technical College Main Campus, Wake Technical College North Campus, Peace College and Wake County Public Schools Enrollment of over 143,250 students (2010-11).
Of all the 19 medical hospitals in the Raleigh Durham area, many have been top rated by US News and World Report
- Duke University
- University of North Carolina Hospitals
- Wake Med Health and Hospitals
- Durham Regional Hospital
- Rex Healthcare
- Duke Raleigh Hospital
It’s no wonder with all that is offered in the surrounding areas, plus median home prices around $228,000, that many are flocking to the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.
It really it is a fantastic area to live, work and raise your family.