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.
 

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
     

2017

  • Chef of the Year (Ashley Christensen) - Eater, December 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 Five Surprising Southern Food Towns (Raleigh) - Garden & Gun, November 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
  • Among Top 12 Neighborhoods Across America That are About to get Crazy Popular (Warehouse District) - Thrillist, October 2017
  • #40 Best Hotel in the World (The Umstead Hotel and Spa) - Condé Nast Traveler, October 2017
  • #3 Best Hotel in the U.S. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa) - Condé Nast Traveler, 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
  • #3 Among The 20 Safest Cities in N.C. from 2017 (Holly Springs) - Safewise, April 2017
  • #8 Among The 20 Safest Cities in N.C. from 2017 (Cary) - Safewise, April 2017
  • #12 Among The 20 Safest Cities in N.C. from 2017 (Wendell) - Safewise, April 2017
  • #15 Among The 20 Safest Cities in N.C. from 2017 (Morrisville) - Safewise, April 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