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 area 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.
 

2019

  • Greenest City Award for the State of North Carolina (Morrisville) - Insurify, April 2019
  • #1 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #6 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #7 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #8 Among 2018 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2019
  • #1 Among the Best Airport Shop for Local Merchandise (RDU International Airport) - USA TODAY 10Best, March 2019
  • #3 Among the Top Cities for the Best Quality of Life in the World (Raleigh) - Numbeo.com, February 2019
  • #2 Among the Most Family-Friendly Cities of 2019 (Raleigh) - Homes.com, February 2019
  • Among the Best Cities for Singles in the United States (Raleigh) - Insurify.com, February 2019
  • Best Festival in North Carolina (Artsplosure) - GO Magazine Members' Choice Awards, January/February 2019
  • #3 Among 2019 Best New Food Halls (Morgan Street Food Hall) - USA TODAY 10Best, January 2019
  • Among Top 5 North Carolina's Pet-Friendly Hotels (Aloft Raleigh) - WRAL, January, 2019
  • #6 Among World's Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2019 (Raleigh) - Vinepair, January, 2019


2018

  • #2 Among The 10 Best Big Cities to Live in Right Now (Raleigh) - Money Magazine, November 2018
  • Bronze Winner for Best CVBs/DMOs (Regional) in the Southeast (Visit Raleigh) - The Stella Awards, November 2018
  • #2 Among The Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh) - Forbes, October 2018
  • 2018 Golden BonBon Award (Chocolat GRACE's Maracaibo and Cranberry Caramel) - Academy of Chocolate, October 2018
  • #6 Among 8 Train Stations with Awesome Comeback Stories (Raleigh Union Station) - Livability, October 2018
  • Gold medal in American-Belgo-Style-Ale (Whitewall Wheat at Crank Arm Brewing) - 2018 Great American Beer Festival, September 2018
  • Bronze medal in Session India Pale Ale (Mosaic Reprise at Little City Brewing) - 2018 Great American Beer Festival, September 2018
  • Among Top 10 Must-try Food Tours in North America (Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours) - USA TODAY, August 2018
  • Among the 32 Hottest Breweries in America Right Now (Brewery Bhavana) - Thrillist, August 2018
  • #3 Among America's Biggest Boomtowns (Raleigh) - Magnify Money, August 2018
  • Among the 4 Southern Food Halls Worth the Drive (Morgan Street Food Hall) - GO Magazine, July 2018
  • Among the 10 Must-Try Food Tours in North America (Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours) - July 2018
  • Bronze medal in Session IPA category (Mosaic Reprise at Little City Brewing + Provisions Co.) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Gold medal for Experimental Beer category (Lightworker at Fortnight Brewing Company) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Gold medal for Rye / Roggen Beer category (Rickshaw Rye at Crank Arm Brewing) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Silver medal in Dopple / Strong Bock category (Goldie’s Big Bock in Black at Lonerider Brewing Company) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Silver medal in Bock category (Bike Lock Bock at Crank Arm Brewing) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Bronze medal in Belgian Pale Ale category (That Boy at Brice’s Brewing Company) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Bronze medal in Altbier category (Southern Peak Altbier at Southern Peak Brewery) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Gold medal in American-Style Black Ale category (Cowboy in Black at Lonerider Brewing Company) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Bronze medal in American Imperial Stout Non-Traditional category (Motivator at Crank Arm Brewing) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Bronze medal in American Imperial Stout category (The Toll at Raleigh Brewing Company) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Bronze medal in British Imperial Stout category (Putin Tang at Lynnwood Brewing Concern) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • Gold medal in Classic Irish Dry Stout category (Dry Irish Stout at Little City Brewing + Provisions Co.) - U.S. Open Beer Championship, July 2018
  • #1 Among 2017 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2018
  • #6 Among 2017 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2018
  • #7 Among 2017 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2018
  • #9 Among 2017 Top N.C. Tourist Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art) - Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2018
  • Among the Best Places to Go in April (Raleigh) - Town & Country Magazine, February 2018
  • #6 Among 10 Cities Primed for Economic Growth and Opportunity in 2018 (Raleigh) - CardRates.com, February 2018
  • #2 Among Best-Performing Cities (Raleigh MSA) - Milken Institute, January 2018