SKYLINE SUCCESS – To most residents of Raleigh, it may not come as a surprise that our city earned the title of America’s Best City. Raleigh shows the cultural graces that go along with anchoring the so-called Research Triangle, home to North Carolina State University, Campbell University Law School, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among our many attributes …we sport 867 restaurants with The Mecca on Martin Street being our oldest, 110 bars, and 51 museums, according to Onboard Informatics, as well as a thriving social scene, great public & private schools, and 12,512 park acres like historical Pullen Park, equal to several times the green space per capita in cities like New York and Los Angeles, according to the Trust for Public Land. Raleigh also offers a great deal on nights and weekends—from concerts, opera, and theatre like Ira David Wood’s annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and college sports, to the 30,000-square-foot State Farmers Market.
Businessweek.com spent months working with data that would help them to identify the best cities in the U.S. They looked at a range of positive metrics around quality of life, counted up restaurants, evaluated school scores, and considered the number of colleges and pro sports teams. All these factors and more add up to a city that would seem to offer it all. When they began the process they had no idea which cities would come out on top. The winner? Raleigh, N.C. – The City of Oaks! North Carolina’s State Capital RALEIGH’S NO. 1, BABY! (and we try harder!) www.Businessweek.com