Forbes Magazine just came out with their list of the fastest growing cities in America and Raleigh, North Carolina came in at number 4. Forbes used data that factored the estimated rate of growth for 2012-2013, the rate of job growth in 2012, the rate of economic growth for 2012. They also took into account federal unemployment data and median salaries for local college educated workers. Raleigh NC is no stranger to awards and accolades and 2013 looks like it is going to be a standout year for this fast growing and dynamic city in the South-East.
Raleigh has a lot going for it when it comes to college educated residents, surrounded by world class universities like Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and right in Downtown Raleigh the campus of NC State University, almost 50% of residents 25 and older have a college degree
Research Triangle Park to the west of Raleigh is home to 170 major companies that employ over 40,000 people, companies like CISCO, IBM, Fidelity Investments, Grifols, Bayer Crop Science all chose to move their operations to the region for the many benefits Raleigh has to offer their companies as well as their employees.
Raleigh has long been known as a city that provides a great quality of life without a great deal of money, affordable housing, jobs, weather, transportation, health care, all factor into why Raleigh has, for the last number of years been one of the top destinations for people on the move.
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There are so many options to choose from when looking for homes in Raleigh, from chic downtown condos to large estate homes and plenty of homes in between. It’s no wonder that Raleigh was named the “Most Family Friendly City” in January 2013 by the Human Life Project. In 2011 Business Week Magazine gave Raleigh the top spot in their list of “America’s Best Cities”, only a few of the many awards bestowed on the city of Raleigh in recent years. The median sales price in Raleigh is $190,000 up 10% from a year ago, and home sales in Raleigh are up 28% in 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.
Take a walk through the City of Oaks and you will see a vibrant downtown with fantastic new and old restaurants like Poole’s Diner, Sitti, Gravy, The Pit. Concert venues, museums, theaters and large projects like the renovation of the old Dillon Supply building by the high tech company Citrix Systems who are moving their Raleigh Headquarters downtown.
The Museum of Natural Sciences is a spectacular building with floors of exciting things to experience. The NHL franchise Carolina Hurricanes call Raleigh home and there is a constant schedule of sports from hockey to college basketball, football, hey not a thirty minute drive is the triple A Minor League Durham Bulls.
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People move to Raleigh for many reasons, job, family, weather, health and they move to Raleigh from all over the country and the world. There are folks we call half-backs who moved south to Florida from up north and prefer four seasons of mild weather, want to be closer to family so they move half way back, Raleigh is about in the middle of the East Coast and transportation is easy, just ask anyone who has flown into beautiful Raleigh Durham International Airport.
There are a lot of folks whose kids came to college here and never left and now the parents are moving to Raleigh. The many job opportunities in biotechnology and life sciences, technology, finance, gaming bring many new residents to Raleigh every year.
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