2010 Accolades

  • North Carolina's Axis of Cool (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) - New York Times T:Travel Magazine, November 2010
  • #8 Best City for Job Growth (Raleigh-Cary)- Newgeography.com, November 2010
  • Top 10 Places in America Poised for Recovery (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) - Newsweek, November 2010
  • #8 Safest City in the U.S. (Cary) - CQ Press, November 2010
  • Top 10 Rated Irish Bars (Hibernian Restaurant and Pub, Raleigh) - Irishbeerfinder.com, November 2010
  • #1 County in Green Jobs (Wake County) - N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, October 2010
  • #4 among America's Smartest Cities (Raleigh-Cary MSA plus Durham MSA) - The Daily Beast, October 2010
  • #7 Best-Performing City (Raleigh-Cary) - Milken Institute, October 2010
  • Great American Bites: 51 Great Burger Joints (Char-Grill, Raleigh) - USA Today, October 2010
  • Top 10 Best Cities for Families (Raleigh) - Parenting.com, September 2010
  • #4 Among America's Smartest Cities (Raleigh-Cary) - CNNMoney.com, October 2010
  • #4 Least-Stressed Metropolitan Area Among the 50 Biggest U.S. Metros (Raleigh-Cary) - Portfolio.com, September 2010
  • #1 Among 10 Great Cities for Raising Families (Raleigh) - Kiplinger's, August 2010
  • 2010 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Meetings & Conventions, August 2010
  • #11 Brainiest City in America (Raleigh-Cary) - The Daily Beast, August 2010
  • Best N.C.-Style Pig (The Pit, Raleigh) - Food Network Magazine, August 2010
  • #1 for Top Public Schools: Large U.S. Cities (Wake County Public School System) - greatschools, August 2010
  • 25th Lowest Average Domestic Fares for 1st Quarter 2010 (RDU International Airport) - Bureau of Transportation Statistics, August 2010
  • Most Efficient Small/Medium Airport in North America (RDU International Airport) - Air Transport Research Society, July 2010
  • Strangest Fair Food (North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh) - Travel+Leisure, July 2010
  • #3 among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes.com, July 2010
  • Best Business Bars in America (Wild Turkey Bar & Lounge, Angus Barn, Raleigh) - Entrepreneur, July 2010
  • #34 Among Top Large City Hotels in U.S./Canada (The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary) - Travel+Leisure, July 2010
  • #10 Among the Best Cities for Families (Raleigh) - Parenting.com, June 2010
  • #23 Best Places to Live: America's Best Small Cities (Cary) - CNNMoney.com, July 2010
  • #3 Cost Competitive North American City (Raleigh) - KPMG LLC, June 2010
  • 20th Fastest Growing Incorporated Place in the U.S. over 100,000 Population (Raleigh) - U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, June 2010
  • One of the South's Best Pies (Angus Barn Restaurant, Raleigh) - Southern Living, June 2010
  • #3 Top Metro for Small Business (Raleigh-Cary) - Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2010
  • #3 Most Innovative City (Raleigh) - Forbes, May 2010
  • #1 in Quality of Life among Major Markets (Raleigh-Cary) - Portfolio.com/bizjournals, May 2010
  • #15 in Economic Strength Rankings (Raleigh-Cary) - Policom Corporation, May 2010
  • Top 100 Fun Places in America (Raleigh-Cary) - Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2010
  • #8 Best Place to Live (Raleigh-Cary) - RelocateAmerica.com, April 2010
  • #3 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes.com, April 2010
  • 38th Least Expensive Destination for Business Travelers out of 100 U.S. Cities (Raleigh) - Business Travel News, April 2010
  • 45th Fastest Growing U.S. County with 10,000 or More Population in 2009 (Wake County) - U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, March 2010
  • 4th Fastest Growing U.S. Metropolitan Area from 2000 to 2009 (Raleigh-Cary) - U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, March 2010
  • 49th-Largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (Raleigh-Cary) - U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, March 2010
  • #3 Best Market for Young Adults (Raleigh-Cary) - Portfolio.com, March 2010
  • #2 Cheapest Midsized Market to Do Business (Raleigh) - KPMG LLC, March 2010
  • #8 among Top Value Destinations on Travel Value Index (Raleigh) - Hotwire.com, March 2010
  • #1 among America's Most Wired Cities (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes.com, March 2010
  • #3 Metro Area for Overall Well-Being (Raleigh-Cary) - Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, February 2010
  • Best New Courses of 2009 (Lonnie Poole Golf Course at N.C. State University, Raleigh) - Links Magazine, February 2010
  • Museums to Visit in 2011 (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh) - Southern Living, December 2010
  • 500 World's Best Hotels 2011 (The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary) - Travel + Leisure, December 2010
  • 2010 Best Overall Winner - Top 50 Restaurant List (Saint Jacques French Cuisine, Raleigh) - OpenTable.com, December 2010
  • #3 Area in Five-Year Jobs Growth (Raleigh-Cary) - Buffalo Business First, February 2010
  • #63 Best Cities to Find Love (Raleigh) - The Daily Beast, February 2010
  • #1 Healthiest County in North Carolina (Wake County) - University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, January 2010
  • 50 All-American Icons: Restaurants That Stole Our Hearts and Stood the Test of Time (Angus Barn, Raleigh) - Nation's Restaurant News, January 2010
  • #1 Top Business Climate in North Carolina (Raleigh) - Site Selection, January 2010
  • 50 Most Romantic Restaurants (The Melting Pot, Raleigh) - OpenTable Inc., January 2010
  • #3 Best Place to Launch a New Business (Raleigh) - Portfolio.com/bizjournals, January 2010
  • 50 Most Romantic Restaurants (Rey's, Raleigh) - OpenTable Inc., January 2010
  • 9 from 2009: Most Notable Recession-Resistant High-Growth Areas in the U.S. (Wake Forest) - Gadberry Group, January 2010
  • #9 Best Drivers' Cities (Raleigh) - Car and Driver Magazine, January 2010
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