Mask Requirements in Effect: Most of Raleigh Area

Face masks are required indoors within Raleigh city limits as well as Cary, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville and Zebulon town limits, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required in unincorporated areas of Wake County. Read More

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2008 Accolades

  • #5 Most Sober City (Raleigh-Cary) - US News and World Report, December 2008
  • Best Large City for Business (Raleigh-Cary) - NewGeography.com, December 2008
  • #10 Quirkiest New Year's Eve Drop (Raleigh's acorn) - TripAdvisor, December 2008
  • Best Medical Spa in America 2008 (Blue Water Spa of Raleigh) - American Spa Magazine, December 2008
  • #2 Metro Entering Slow Period With Most Positive Momentum (Raleigh, NC) - bizjournals, November 2008
  • #1 Lowest Metro Crime Ranking in North Carolina (Raleigh-Cary) - CQ Press, November 2008
  • #15 Lowest City Crime Ranking in United States (Cary) - CQ Press, November 2008
  • 2008 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) - Meetings & Conventions, October 2008
  • #1 Most Political City (Raleigh, NC) - Men's Health, October 2008
  • Top 9 Amazing New Airports (Terminal 2, RDU International Airport, Morrisville) - MSN Travel, September 2008
  • #2 Best Performing City (Raleigh-Cary, NC) - The Milken Institute, September 2008
  • #2 Best City to Live, Work and Play (Raleigh, NC) - Kiplinger's, July 2008
  • #2 State with the Best Business Climate (North Carolina) - Development Counsellors International, July 2008
  • #4 Best State for Business (North Carolina) - Forbes.com, July 2008
  • #4 MSA With Highest Concentratio of Employment - Drugs and Pharmaceuticals (Raleigh-Cary, NC) - Business Facilities, July 2008
  • #10 U.S. City with the Largest Numerical Increase (Raleigh, NC) - U.S. Census Bureau, July 2008
  • #4 Top Gay Ghetto (Raleigh)- GayRealEstate.com, June 2008
  • #1 Best Place to Live in the U.S. (Raleigh, NC) - msnbc.com, June 2008
  • #1 Pro-Business State (North Carolina) - Pollina.com, June 2008
  • #8 Best City for Recent College Grads (Raleigh-Durham, NC) - Forbes.com, June 2008
  • #6 Largest Concentration of Drug and Pharmaceutical Jobs (Raleigh-Durham, NC) - Technology, Talent and Capital: State Bioscience Initiatives 2008, June 2008
  • #12 Highest Concentration of Tech Workers (Raleigh, NC) - AeA's Cybercities 2008, June 2008
  • #5 Best Medium-Sized City for Families with Children (Raleigh, NC) - Who's Your City?, May 2008
  • #1 Best Place for Young Adults (Raleigh, NC) - Bizjournals, May 2008
  • Top 15 Place for Cultured Retirement (Raleigh, NC) - Smithsonian.com, April 2008
  • #5 Recession-Proof City (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes.com, April 2008
  • #23 Best Place in the South to Locate Your Company (Raleigh, NC) - Southern Business & Development, Spring 2008
  • #1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes.com, March 2008
  • #20 Best Place to Live and Launch (Raleigh, NC) - CNNMoney.com, March 2008
  • #3 Most Romantic City for Baby Boomers (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC) - Sperling's BestPlaces, March 2008
  • #6 Medium-Sized Metro (Raleigh-Cary, NC) - Site Selection, March 2008
  • #2 Best City for Bargain House-Hunters (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes.com, February 2008
  • #10 Least Miserable Airport (Raleigh-Durham Intl.) - U.S. News & World Report, February 2008
  • The Best American City for Singles (Raleigh, NC) - Every Day with Rachael Ray, January 2008
  • #9 Best City for Jobs (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes.com, January 2008
  • Top Five Strongest Real Estate Market (Raleigh-Cary, NC) - Veros.com, January 2008
  • #3 Most Wired City (Raleigh, NC) - Forbes.com, January 2008
  • #1 Healthiest City for Men (Raleigh, NC) - Men's Health, January 2008
  • #9 Market in the South for Advance Manufacturing (Raleigh-Cary, NC) - Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008
  • Top Ten Great Innovation Market in the South (Raleigh-Cary-Durham, NC) - Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008
  • #4 Major Market in the South (Raleigh-Cary, NC) - Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008