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.
 

2017

  • #1 Nationwide for Overall Station Experience (Cary Depot) - Amtrak Customer Satisfaction Survey, December 2017
  • #10 Among The 10 Coolest Places to Eat in 2018 (Brewery Bhavana) - Forbes, December 2017
  • Among The World's Best Cities 2018 (Raleigh) - Best Cities/Resonance, October 2017
  • Gold Medal in American-Belgo-Style Ale Category (Saison Du Bois at Lynnwood Brewing Concern) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2017
  • Silver Medal in American-Style Pale Ale Category (Mosaic Pale Ale at Lynnwood Brewing Concern) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2017
  • Silver Medal in American-Style Sour Ale (Disenchantment Blend #1 at Bond Brothers Beer Company) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2017
  • Bronze Medal in German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock Category (Goldie's Big Bock at Lonerider Brewing Company) - Great American Beer Festival, October 2017
  • Among Six of America's Most Inviting Hotel Restaurants (Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen) - FSR Magazine's Food Newsfeed, October 2017
  • #3 Among The Sportiest Cities in America (Raleigh) - Men's Health, September 2017
  • Among Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America 2017 (Brewery Bhavana) - Bon Appétit, August 2017
  • Among Best Budget Destinations in America, Part III: The South (Raleigh) - Budget Travel, July 2017
  • #10 Among 100 Best Cities to Drive In (Raleigh) - Wallethub, July 2017
  • #6 Among 100 Most Adventurous Cities in America (Raleigh) - Men's Health, June 2017
  • Best Connected Medium Sized Airport (RDU International Airport) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology International Center for Aviation, May 2017
  • #1 Among 2016 Best New Breweries (Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary) - USA TODAY 10Best, March 2017
  • #1 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #6 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #8 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #9 Among 2016 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2017
  • #14 Fastest Growing Metro in U.S. (Raleigh) - U.S. Census Bureau, March 2017
  • Among Best Bread Bakeries in the South (La Farm Bakery, Cary) - USA TODAY, March 2017
  • 2017 Five-Diamond Hotel Award (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2017
  • 2017 Five-Diamond Restaurant Award (Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - AAA, January 2017
  • 2017 Four-Diamond Hotel Award (Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel) - AAA, January 2017
  • 2017 Four-Diamond Restaurant Award (Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern) - AAA, January 2017
  • Among 34 of the Best New Breweries in the U.S. (Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary) - BeerAdvocate, January 2017
  • Among Top 10 Boomtowns of 2016 (Cary and Raleigh) - SmartAsset, January 2017
  • Among 12 Top Destinations of 2017 (Raleigh) - Forbes Travel Guide, January 2017
  • #22 Among Most Caring Cities in America (Raleigh) - WalletHub, January 2017