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Top 5 Reasons Why Raleigh is Smarter


1. It's getting hard to be humble

Each year Raleigh, N.C., earns more and more accolades from regional, state and national media outlets, think-tanks and others—in categories ranging from business to education to relocation.

  • #1 among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh) - Forbes
  • #1 among Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future (Raleigh) - The Financial Times
  • #2 among Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs (Raleigh) - Forbes
  • #2 Among the Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs (Raleigh) - Fast Company
  • #3 among Best Cities to Work - Economic Environment (Raleigh MSA) - WalletHub
  • #4 among America's Smartest Cities (Raleigh-Cary) - CNNMoney

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2. We've put billions into burgeoning developments

The Raleigh area underwent more than $3 billion in development and renovations from 2008 to 2016, including adding more than 25 hotels. Plus the area has renewed its commitment to the latest and greatest for arts, meetings, museums and transportation.

  • North Carolina Museum of Art (2010)
  • Red Hat Amphitheater (2010)
  • Terminal 2 at RDU International Airport (2008 and 2011)
  • CAM Raleigh (2011)
  • Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, pictured below (2012)
  • James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (2013)
  • Terminal 1 at RDU International Airport (2014)
  • Art to Heart Trail (2014)

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N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center

3. When you're off the clock, you're on the town

Downtown Raleigh is thriving with more than 150 eateries and bars, plus the Raleigh area has more than 80 music venues with live acts during the week—not to mention the area’s largest outdoor theatres and venues with national touring performers.

  • Five dining and drinking spots from James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, plus more in downtown Raleigh
  • Raleigh Beer Garden, Guinness World Record-holder for most beer brands on draft tap and most varieties of beer on draft tap
  • Bida Manda, Best Restaurant in N.C., according to Business Insider
  • 20+ area breweries, making up the Raleigh Beer Trail
  • 30+ mid-size and major live music venues in the area
  • Koka Booth Amphitheatre
  • PNC Arena
  • Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Red Hat Amphitheater
  • Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

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4. The arts have a special place in our creative capital

Above and beyond our local rock and jam bands, Raleigh is one of only a dozen cities with the four major performing arts all in one place—ballet, opera, orchestra and theatre.

  • Carolina Ballet
  • North Carolina Opera
  • North Carolina Symphony
  • North Carolina Theatre
  • Plus, North Carolina Museum of Art, one of the premier visual arts museums in the Southeast
  • CAM Raleigh, the state’s only non-collecting modern art museum

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Carolina Ballet 

5. Our area has research renown

Draw intellectual inspiration and international experts from the region’s dozens of colleges and universities, plus the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. Meeting here gives you ready access to these fantastic minds.

  • Downtown Raleigh (Citrix, Red Hat)
  • Research Triangle Park (with Cisco, IBM Corporation, Lenovo, GlaxoSmithKline and more)
  • Centennial Campus (with LexisNexis, Mann+Hummel and more)
  • North Carolina State University, Meredith College and Shaw University
  • Nearby Duke University, North Carolina Central University and UNC
  • William Peace University and Saint Augustine’s University
  • Campbell University School of Law in downtown Raleigh
  • Plus, the region’s premier health systems—Duke, UNC, Rex and WakeMed

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