Raleigh, N.C.

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The Raleigh area ranks fifth among midsize metro areas for its demographic and economic factors. The capital city is part of the state’s Research Triangle, one of the largest tech and biotech research centers in the county. A well-educated population from several nearby universities fuel this hub. The City of Oaks is known for its appealing natural attractions and its location, midpoint between both the mountains and the ocean. It provides a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, as well as cultural attractions for indie music lovers and art aficionados. However, the city is relatively car dependent, so you’ll need to find a way to the many events Raleigh offers.

#5 Raleigh, N.C.

POPULATION: 1,241,646
STUDENTS: 96,693
RANKING DETAIL:
#2 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#8 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#20 CITY ACCESS
#11 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#13 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#3 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#4 LABOR FORCE
#4 INNOVATION
#14 RENT

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