Area Accolades

There's no doubt that, when looking at a "Best of" list, you'll see Raleigh, N.C., right near the top. To toot our own horn, a few of our recent accolades include being named "America's Best City" by Businessweek.com, "Most Educated City in America" by Men's Health and "Healthiest City for Women" by Women's Health... not to mention GQ named us one of "America's Coolest Towns" and Southern Living named us one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." Discover for yourself why N.C.'s capital city is praised in the press as one of the best places in the nation to live, work and play.

Special thanks to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for its partnership in collecting these Raleigh/Wake rankings.

2016 
  • #19 Among The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016 (Raleigh) - Zagat, November 2016
  • #33 Among Top 100 Independents (Angus Barn) - Restaurant Business, November 2016
  • 2016 Platinum Choice Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Smart Meetings, December 2016
  • Gold Medal in American-Style Black Ale Category (Black IPA at Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2016
  • Gold Medal in International-Style Pale Ale Category (Drop Bear Australian Pale Ale at Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2016
  • Among Six Best Big Cities: Best in the Southeast (Raleigh) - Money Magazine, September 2016
  • #19 Among Top 50 Running Cities in America (Raleigh) - Runner's World, September 2016
  • #13 Among 25 Best Museums in America (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Business Insider, August 2016
  • Among World's Top 125 Buildings (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Architectural Record, August 2016
  • #5 Among Top 10 Most Hospitable U.S. Cities (Raleigh) - Successful Meetings, August 2016
  • #3 Among Best Midsize Metros for Job Seekers (Raleigh) - American Institute for Economic Research, July 2016
  • 2016 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Meetings & Conventions, July 2016
  • #8 Among America's Friendliest Cities (Raleigh) - Travel and Leisure, July 2016
  • Among 10 Restaurants of the Year (Death & Taxes) - Food & Wine, June 2016
  • 2016 Pinnacle Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Successful Meetings, June 2016
  • #9 Among 2016 America's Favorite Cities (Raleigh) - Travel and Leisure, May 2016
  • Among 2016 Award of Excellence Winners (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Corporate & Incentive Travel, May 2016
  • #1 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #6 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #7 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #11 Among 2015 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2016
  • #6 Among Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Atmosphere (42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Raleigh) - USA TODAY and 10Best's Readers' Choice, March 2016
  • 2016 Five-Star Rating Award in hotel category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2016
  • 2016 Five-Star Rating Award in restaurants category (Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2016
  • 2016 Four-Star Rating Award in spas category (The Umstead Spa, Cary) - Forbes Travel Guide, February 2016
  • 2016 Five-Diamond Hotel Award (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2016
  • 2016 Readers' Choice Award (Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, Raleigh) - SportsEvents Magazine, January 2016
  • #1 Among Best Hotels in N.C. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - U.S. News and World Report, January 2016
  • Best restaurant in N.C. (Bida Manda, Raleigh) - Business Insider, January 2016
  • #1 Among Best Cities for Men Who Want to Be Fit and Happy (Raleigh) - Men's Health, January 2016
  • Among National Eater 38: Where to Eat in 2016 (Poole's Diner, Raleigh) - Eater, January 2016
2015
  • #2 Among 2015 Quality of Life Index in N.C. (Raleigh) - LawnStarter, December 2015
  • #3 Among 2015 North America Airport Satisfaction Study-Medium Airport Ranking (RDU International Airport) - J.D. Power and Associates, December 2015
  • 2015 Readers' Choice Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - ConventionSouth, December 2015
  • 2015 Platinum Choice Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Smart Meetings, December 2015
  • The Most Beer Brands on Draft Tap (Raleigh Beer Garden) - Guinness World Records, November 2015
  • The Most Varieties of Beer on Draft Tap (Raleigh Beer Garden) - Guinness World Records, November 2015
  • Among Five Southern Chefs to Watch (Cheetie Kumar of Garland, Raleigh) - OpenTable, October 2015
  • Among Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award Recipients (Mandolin, Raleigh) - Distinguished Restaurants of North America, October 2015
  • Among 52 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America (Irregardless Cafe and Catering, Raleigh) - OpenTable, October 2015
  • 2015 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Meetings & Conventions, September 2015
  • Among 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America (Garland, Raleigh) - OpenTable, September 2015
  • #5 Among Best Local Food Scene (Raleigh) - USA TODAY and 10Best's Readers' Choice, August 2015
  • 2015 Pinnacle Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Successful Meetings, August 2015
  • #1 Among Best Places to Live in America (Apex) - MONEY Magazine, August 2015
  • Among 11 Excellent Cold Brew Coffees (Slingshot Coffee Co., Raleigh) - Eater, August 2015
  • #2 Among Best Large Cities to Live in (Raleigh) - WalletHub, August 2015
  • #2 Among Top 10 Music Cities Other Than Nashville (Raleigh) - Music From The Row, July 2015
  • Among the 20 Best State Fairs in America (N.C. State Fair, Raleigh) - Vacations Made Easy, July 2015
  • Among the Best Steakhouses in all 50 States (Angus Barn, Raleigh) - Business Insider, July 2015
  • #2 Among the Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs (Raleigh) - Fast Company, July 2015
  • #4 Among Most Innovative, Pioneering Digital Counties: 500,000 or More Population Category (Wake County) - Center for Digital Government, July 2015
  • Among 17 Most Underrated American Cities (Raleigh) - Urban Insider, July 2015
  • Among Grand Award Winners (Angus Barn, Raleigh) - Wine Spectator, July 2015
  • Among Best Sandwiches in America (Banh Mi at The Station, Raleigh) - Restaurant Hospitality, June 2015
  • #4 Among the Best Places to Drink Coffee in 2015 (Joule Coffee & Table, Raleigh) - GQ, June 2015
  • 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Small Business of the Year (Triangle Rock Club, Morrisville) - June 2015
  • Among Top 100 Cities on Twitter (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Encore Alert, June 2015
  • #3 Among 12 Music Festivals You Should Actually Attend This Summer (Hopscotch, Raleigh) - The Huffington Post, May 2015
  • #3 Among Best Cities to Work - Economic Environment (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub, May 2015
  • #10 Among Best Cities to Work - Small Business Environment (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub, May 2015
  • Sports Tourism Organization of the Year (Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance) - National Association of Sports Commissions, April 2015
  • #1 Among Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future (Raleigh) - The Financial Times, April 2015
  • Among 2015 Award of Excellence Winners (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Corporate & Incentive Travel, April 2015
  • #2 Among the Cities Creating The Most Tech Jobs (Raleigh) - Forbes, April 2015
  • Among Five LGBT Travel Picks for 2015 (Raleigh) - Metro Weekly, March 2015
  • Among 29 Cities All Twentysomethings Should Pick Up and Move To (Raleigh) - BuzzFeed, March 2015
  • #1 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #6 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #11 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #15 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • Second place in the U.S. Brewers Cup Championship (Slingshot Coffee Co., Raleigh) - February 2015
  • Among 2015 Most Romantic Restaurants in America (Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern, Raleigh) - OpenTable, February 2015
  • Among Five American Cities You Should Visit in 2015 (Raleigh) - The Huffington Post, February 2015
  • Among 2015 Best Hotels in the U.S.A. Winners (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - U.S. News & World Report, January 2015
  • Among World's 300 Largest Metropolitan Economies in 2014 (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
  • #3 Among Best Metro Areas for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Professionals (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub, January 2015
  • Among America's 100 Best Beer Bars 2015 (Busy Bee Cafe, Raleigh) - Draft, January 2015
  • Among America's 100 Best Beer Bars 2015 (Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh) - Draft, January 2015
  • Among Cities to Watch in 2015 (Raleigh) - Urbanful, January 2015
  • #2 Among The Fastest-Growing Minority Cities in America for Hispanics (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
  • #2 Among The Fastest-Growing Minority Cities in America for Asians (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
  • #6 Among The Fastest-Growing Minority Cities in America for Blacks (Raleigh) - Brookings Institution, January 2015
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