The Research Triangle, also known as Raleigh-Durham and commonly referred to as simply "The Triangle", is a region in the Piedmont of North Carolina in the United States, anchored by North Carolina State University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill respectively. The eight-county region, officially named the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA, comprises the Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan areas and the Dunn Micropolitan Statistical Area. A 2009 Census Estimate put the population at 1,742,816. The Raleigh-Durham television market includes a broader 23-county area which includes Fayetteville, and has a population of 2,726,000 persons.
The "Triangle" name was cemented in the public consciousness in the 1950s with the creation of Research Triangle Park, home to numerous high-tech companies and enterprises. Although the name is now used to refer to the geographic region, "The Triangle" originally referred to the universities, whose research facilities, and the educated workforce they provide, have historically served as a major attraction for businesses located in the region. The region should not be confused with "The Triad", which is a North Carolina region adjacent to and directly west of the Triangle comprising Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, among other cities. Most of the Triangle is represented by, and closely associated with, the second, fourth and thirteenth congressional districts.
- 1 Counties
- 2 Cities
- 3 Education
- 4 Sports
- 5 Commerce
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Shopping
- 8 Entertainment
- 9 Media
- 10 Map of the Triangle
- 11 Rankings
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Depending on which definition of the Research Triangle region is used, as few as three or as many as 13 counties are included as part of the region. All of these counties when included hold a population of over 2,167,000 people.
- * - Most restrictive definition, including only the main counties of Wake, Durham, and Orange.
- ‡ - U.S. Census Bureau definition, taken from the counties included in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area
- ♦ - Part of the "Triangle J Council of Governments", a regional commission including various cities and counties in the Research Triangle region
- ¶ - Most liberal definition of the Research Triangle region, as defined by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area Population (Census 2010) 1,749,525
The Triangle region, as defined for statistical purposes as the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA, comprises 8 counties, although the U.S. Census Bureau divided the region into two metropolitan statistical areas and one micropolitan area in 2003. Some local television networks define the region as Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville. Although Fayetteville, North Carolina, is nearly 50 miles (80 km) from Raleigh's city limits, it is in the designated market area.
Suburbs with more than 10,000 inhabitants
- Holly Springs
- Wake Forest
Suburbs with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants
Nearby cities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants
Public secondary education in the Triangle is similar to that of the majority of the state of North Carolina, in which there are county-wide school systems (the exception is Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools within Orange County but apart from Orange County Schools). The Wake County Public School System, which includes the cities of Raleigh and Cary, is the largest school system in the state of North Carolina and the 18th largest in the United States, officially recording an enrollment of 139,599 students on the 20th day of the 2009-10 school year. Other larger systems in the region include Durham Public Schools (about 33,000 students) and rapidly growing Johnston County Schools (about 31,000 students).
Institutions of higher education
- Campbell University
- Central Carolina Community College
- Duke University
- Durham Technical Community College
- Meredith College
- North Carolina Central University
- North Carolina State University
- Peace College
- Pfeiffer University
- Piedmont Community College
- Shaw University
- St. Augustine's College
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Vance-Granville Community College
- Wake Technical Community College
With the significant number of universities and colleges in the area and the relative absence of major league professional sports, NCAA sports are very popular, particularly those sports in which the Atlantic Coast Conference excels, most notably basketball, football, and soccer.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University Wolfpack in Raleigh, and the Duke University Blue Devils in Durham are all members of the ACC. Rivalries among these schools are very strong, fueled by proximity to each other, with annual competitions in every sport. Adding to the rivalries is the large number of graduates that high schools in the region send to each of the local universities. It is very common for students at one university to know many students attending the other local universities, which increases the opportunities for "bragging" among the schools. The four ACC schools in the state, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest University are referred to as Tobacco Road by sportscasters, particularly in basketball. All four teams consistently produce high-caliber teams. Each of the Triangle-based universities listed have won at least two NCAA Basketball National Championships.
Three historically black colleges, including new Division I member North Carolina Central University and Division II members St. Augustine College and Shaw University also boost the popularity of college sports in the region.
The region has only one professional team of the four major sports, the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, based in Raleigh. Since moving to the Research Triangle region from Hartford, Connecticut, they have enjoyed great success, including winning a Stanley Cup and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. With only one top level professional sports option, minor league baseball and other sports are quite popular in the region. The Durham Bulls in Downtown Durham are a AAA Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Carolina Mudcats, based in Zebulon, 10 miles east of Raleigh, are a AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. In Cary, the Carolina RailHawks play in the second-level North American Soccer League (not to be confused with the former league of the same name).
The area also had a team in the fledgling World League of American Football - however, the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks, coached by Roman Gabriel, didn't exactly cover themselves in glory; they lost all ten games of their inaugural (and only) season in 1991. The team folded after that, being replaced in the league by the Ohio Glory, who fared little better at 1-9, ultimately suffering the same fate - along with the other 6 teams based in North America - when the league took a 2-year hiatus, returning as a 6-team all-European league in 1995.
Anchored by leading technology firms, government and world-class universities and medical centers, the area's economy has performed exceptionally well. Significant increases in employment, earnings, personal income and retail sales are projected over the next 15 years.
The region's growing high-technology community includes such companies as IBM, SAS Institute, Cisco Systems, NetApp and Credit Suisse First Boston. In addition to high-tech, the region is consistently ranked in the top three in the U.S. with concentration in life science companies. Some of these companies include GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen Idec, BASF, Merck & Co., Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, and Wyeth. Research Triangle Park and North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh support innovation through R&D and technology transfer among the region's companies and research universities (including Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
The area has fared relatively well in during the Late-2000s recession ranked as the strongest region in North Carolina by the Brookings Institution and among the top 40 in the country. The change in employment during from 2008 to 2009 was 4.6% and home prices was 2%. The Greensboro metropolitan area was listed among the second weakest and the Charlotte area among the middle in the country.
- American Airlines
- The Body Shop
- Burt's Bees
- Cisco Systems
- Credit Suisse Group
- Duke University
- Durham Public Schools
- Fidelity Investments
- Environmental Protection Agency
- General Electric
- North Carolina State Government (including the University of North Carolina system)
- Pfizer (Pfizer Poultry Health)
- Progress Energy
- Red Hat
- Research Triangle Institute
- SAS Institute
- Sony Ericsson
- Teleflex Medical
- United States Forest Service
- Wake County Public School System
Major hospitals and medical centers
The Research Triangle region is served by the following hospitals and medical centers:
- Hospitals of the Duke University Health System
- Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center (Durham)
- Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center (Durham)
- Duke Raleigh Hospital (formerly Raleigh Community Hospital)
- Duke University Medical Center (Durham)
- Durham Regional Hospital (Durham)
- Person Memorial Hospital (Roxboro)
- Hospitals of the UNC Health Care system
- Chatham Hospital (Siler City)
- North Carolina Cancer Hospital (Chapel Hill)
- North Carolina Children's Hospital (Chapel Hill)
- North Carolina Memorial Hospital (Chapel Hill)
- North Carolina Neurosciences Hospital (Chapel Hill)
- North Carolina Women's Hospital (Chapel Hill)
- Rex Hospital (Raleigh)
- Hospitals of the WakeMed system
- WakeMed Raleigh Campus (formerly Wake Memorial Hospital and Wake Medical Center)
- WakeMed Cary Hospital (formerly Western Wake Medical Center)
- Other hospitals and medical centers
- Central Regional Hospital,(Butner)
- Dorothea Dix Hospital (Raleigh)
- Durham VA Medical Center (Durham)
- Franklin Regional Medical Center (Louisburg)
- Johnston Medical Center (Smithfield)
- Harnett Health System (Dunn)
- Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital
- Angier Medical Services
- Good Hope Hospital
- Betsy Johnson Cancer Research Clinic
Freeways and primary designated routes
The Triangle is served by three major interstate highways: I-40, I-85, and I-95, their spurs: I-440 and I-540, and seven U.S. Routes: 1, 64, 70, 264, 401, and 15 and 501 which are multiplexed through much of the region as US 15-501.
Two of the three interstates diverge from one another in Orange County with I-85 heading northeast through northern Durham County toward Virginia, while I-40 travels southeast through southern Durham, through the center of the region, and serves as the primary freeway through Raleigh. The related loop freeways I-440 and I-540 are primarily located in Wake County around Raleigh. I-440 begins at the interchange of US 1 and I-40 southwest of downtown Raleigh and arcs northward around downtown with the formal designation as the Cliff Benson/Raleigh Beltline (co-signed with US 1 on three-fourths of its northern route) and ends at its junction with I-40 in southeast Raleigh. I-540 has about a third of its route open, but is already sometimes known as the Raleigh Outer Loop. The latest segment of 540 to open has been designated as a state route (NC 540) and not an interstate route, in anticipation of that segment eventually becoming a toll road. The 540 freeway currently serves the southernmost part of Research Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, North Raleigh and city's nearby northern suburbs before ending in east Raleigh at the US 64-264 Bypass. I-95 serves the extreme eastern edge of the region, crossing south-to-north through suburban Johnston County.
U.S. Routes 1, 15, and 64 primarily serve the region as limited-access freeways or multi-lane highways with access roads. US 1 enters the region from the southwest as the Claude E. Pope Memorial Highway and travels through suburban Apex where it merges with US 64 and continues northeast toward Raleigh. The two highways are co-designated for about 2 miles (3.2 km) until US 1 joins I-440 and US 64 with I-40 along the Raleigh-Cary border. Capital Boulevard, which is designated US 1 for half of its route and US 401 the other is not a limited-access freeway, although it is a major thoroughfare through northeast Raleigh and into the northern downtown area.
North Carolina Highway 147, also known as the Durham Freeway, is a limited-access freeway that connects I-85 with I-40 in southeastern Durham County. The four-lane route traverses downtown Durham and extends through Research Triangle Park. The freeway is often used as a detour alternate route for I-40 in the Chapel Hill area, in cases of traffic accident, congestion or road construction delays.
A partnering system of multiple public transportation agencies currently serves the Triangle region. Raleigh is served by the Capital Area Transit (CAT) municipal transit system, while Durham has the Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) system. Chapel Hill is served by Chapel Hill Transit, and Cary is also served by its own public transit systems. However, Triangle Transit, formerly called the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA), works in cooperation with all area transit systems by offering transfers between its own routes and those of the other systems. Triangle Transit also coordinates an extensive vanpool and rideshare program that serves the region's larger employers and commute destinations.
There are plans to merge all of the area's municipal systems into Triangle Transit, and Triangle Transit also has proposed a regional rail system to connect downtown Durham and downtown Raleigh with multiple suburban stops as well as stops in the Research Triangle Park area. The agency's initial proposal was effectively cancelled in 2006, however, when the agency could not procure adequate federal funding. A committee of local business, transportation and government leaders currently are working with Triangle Transit to develop a new transit blueprint for the region, with various modes of rail transit, as well as bus rapid transit, open as options for consideration.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
(IATA: RDU, ICAO: KRDU, FAA LID: RDU)
The General Assembly of North Carolina chartered the Raleigh-Durham Aeronautical Authority in 1939, which would be changed in 1945 to the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. The first new terminal opened in 1955. Terminal A (now Terminal 1) opened in 1981. American Airlines began service to RDU in 1985.
RDU opened the 10,000-foot (3,000 m) runway, 5L-23R, in 1986. American Airlines opened its North-South Hub operation at RDU in the new Terminal C in June 1987, greatly increasing the size of RDU's operations with a new terminal including a new apron and runway. American brought RDU its first international flights to Bermuda, Cancun, Paris and London.
In 1996, American Airlines ceased its hub operations at RDU due to Pan Am and Eastern Airlines. Pan Am and Eastern were Miami's main tenants until 1991, when both carriers went bankrupt. Their hubs at MIA were taken over by United Airlines and American Airlines. This created a difficulty in competing with US Airways' hub in Charlotte and Delta Air Lines' hub in Atlanta for passengers traveling between smaller cities in the North and South. Midway Airlines entered the market, starting service in 1995 with the then somewhat novel concept of 50 seat CRJs providing service from its RDU hub primarily along the east coast. Midway, originally incorporated in Chicago, had some success after moving its operations to the midpoint of the eastern United States at RDU and its headquarters to Morrisville, NC. The carrier ultimately couldn't overcome three weighty challenges: the arrival of Southwest Airlines, the refusal of American Airlines to renew the frequent flyer affiliation it had with Midway (thus dispatching numerous higher fare paying businesspeople to airlines with better reward destinations), and the significant blow of September 11, 2001. Midway Airlines filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 13, 2001 and ceased operations entirely on October 30, 2003.
In February 2000, RDU was ranked as the nation's second fastest growing major airport in the United States, by Airports Council International, based on 1999 statistics. Passenger growth hit 24% over the previous year, ranking RDU second only to Washington Dulles International Airport. RDU opened Terminal A south concourse for use by Northwest and Continental Airlines in 2001. The addition added 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2) and five aircraft gates to the terminal. Terminal A became designated as Terminal 1 on October 26, 2008. In 2003, RDU also dedicated a new general aviation (GA) terminal. RDU continues to keep pace with its growth by redeveloping Terminal C into a new state-of the-art terminal, now known as Terminal 2, which opened in October 2008.
Other carriers at RDU International Airport:
- Air Canada, the airport's first international carrier, introduced service to Toronto in 1996.
- Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest low-cost carrier, began service to RDU in 1999.
- America West (merged with US Airways in 2005) began service at RDU in 2002 with flights to Phoenix and Las Vegas.
- JetBlue began nonstop service between RDU and New York and Boston in 2006, with additional service to Fort Lauderdale, which began in January 2008.
Public general-aviation airports
In addition to RDU, several smaller publicly-owned general-aviation airports also operate in the metropolitan region:
- Franklin County Airport (IATA: LHZ, ICAO: KLHZ, FAA LID: LHZ), Louisburg
- Johnston County Airport (IATA: JNX, ICAO: KJNX, FAA LID: JNX), Smithfield
- Horace Williams Airport (IATA: IGX, ICAO: KIGX, FAA LID: IGX), Chapel Hill
- Harnett Regional Jetport (IATA: HRJ, ICAO: KHRJ, FAA LID: HRJ), Erwin
- Person County Airport (ICAO: KTDF, FAA LID: TDF), Roxboro
- Siler City Municipal Airport (ICAO: K5W8, FAA LID: 5W8), Siler City
There are numerous licensed private general-aviation and agricultural airfields in the region's suburban areas and nearby rural communities:
- Bagwell Airport (FAA LID: NC99), Garner
- Ball Airport (FAA LID: 79NC), Louisburg
- Barclaysville Field Airport (FAA LID: NC44), Angier
- Brooks Field Airport (FAA LID: 8NC6), Siler City
- CAG Farms Airport (FAA LID: 87NC), Angier
- Charles Field Airport (FAA LID: NC22), Dunn
- Cox Airport (FAA LID: NC81), Apex
- Crooked Creek Airport (FAA LID: 7NC5), Bunn
- Dead Dog Airport (FAA LID: 8NC4), Pittsboro
- Deck Airpark Airport (FAA LID: NC11), Apex
- Dutchy Airport (FAA LID: 5NC5), Chapel Hill
- Eagle's Landing Airport (FAA LID: 9NC8), Pittsboro
- Field of Dreams Airport (FAA LID: 51NC), Zebulon
- Fuquay/Angier Field Airport (FAA LID: 78NC), Fuquay-Varina
- Hinton Field Airport (FAA LID: NC72), Princeton
- Kenly Airport (FAA LID: 7NC3), Kenly
- Lake Ridge Aero Park Airport (FAA LID: 8NC8), Durham
- Miles Airport (FAA LID: NC34), Chapel Hill
- North Raleigh Airport (FAA LID: 00NC), Louisburg
- Peacock Stolport Airport (FAA LID: 4NC7), Garner
- Raleigh East Airport (FAA LID: 9NC0), Knightdale
- Riley Field Airport (FAA LID: 1NC5), Bunn
- Ron's Field Ultralight Airport (FAA LID: 1NC1), Pittsboro
- Triple W Airport (ICAO: K5W5, FAA LID: 5W5), Raleigh
- Womble Field Airport (FAA LID: 3NC9), Chapel Hill
The following licensed heliports serve the Research Triangle region:
- Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital Heliport (FAA LID: NC96), Dunn—publicly owned; medical service
- Duke University North Heliport (ICAO: NC92, FAA LID: NC92), Durham—privately owned; public medical service
- Garner Road Heliport (FAA LID: 3NC2), Raleigh—publicly owned; state government service
- Holly Green Heliport (FAA LID: 83NC), Durham—private
- Sky-5 Heliport (FAA LID: 3NC2), Raleigh—private, owned by WRAL-TV
- Sprint MidAtlantic Telecom Heliport (FAA LID: 11NC), Youngsville—private; corporate service
- Wake Medical Center Heliport (FAA LID: 0NC4), Raleigh—publicly owned; medical service
- Western Wake Medical Center Heliport (FAA LID: 04NC), Cary—publicly owned; medical service
A number of helipads (i.e. marked landing sites not classified under the FAA LID system) also serve a variety of additional medical facilities (such as UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill), as well as private, corporate and governmental interests, throughout the region.
Notable shopping centers and malls:
- Brier Creek (Raleigh)
- Brightleaf Square (Durham)
- Cameron Village (Raleigh)
- Carolina Premium Outlets (Smithfield)
- Cary Towne Center (Cary)
- Crabtree Valley Mall (Raleigh)
- Crossroads Plaza (Cary)
- Northgate Mall (Durham)
- North Hills (Raleigh)
- South Square Mall - defunct (Durham)
- The Streets at Southpoint (Durham)
- Triangle Towne Center (Raleigh)
- University Mall (Chapel Hill)
Notable locally based or independent retailer:
- A Southern Season - the nation's largest gourmet retailer (Chapel Hill)
Film festivals and events:
- Flicker Film Festival - Carrboro
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - Durham
- Escapism Film Festival - Durham
- Retrofantasma Film Festival - Durham
- Nevermore Film Festival - Durham
- North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Durham
Notable performing arts and music venues:
- The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh
- Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park - Cary
- Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Downtown Raleigh
- RBC Center - Raleigh
- Durham Performing Arts Center - Durham
Theatre and dance events:
- American Dance Festival - Durham
The area is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville television designated media area and is the 25th largest in the country with 1,131,310 households included in that area. It is part of the Raleigh-Durham Arbitron radio market (code 115) and is the 42nd largest in the country with a population of 1,365,900.
Numerous newspapers and periodicals serve the Triangle market.
Paid and subscription
- The News & Observer, the major daily Raleigh newspaper and the region's largest, with a significant regional and statewide readership (especially to the east of the Triangle).
- The Herald-Sun, the major daily Durham newspaper.
- The Durham News, a weekly community newspaper serving Durham County.
- The Cary News, a weekly community newspaper serving suburban Cary and western Wake County.
- Garner News, the weekly community newspaper for suburban Garner in southern Wake County.
- The Apex Herald, the weekly community newspaper for suburban Apex in western Wake County.
- Holly Springs Sun, the weekly community newspaper for suburban Holly Springs in southwestern Wake County.
- Butner-Creedmoor News The Weekly community newspaper for southern Granville County and surrounding areas.
- Cleveland Post, the weekly community newspaper for suburban Cleveland and nearby northwestern Johnston and southern Wake counties.
- Fuquay-Varina Independent, the weekly community newspaper for suburban Fuquay-Varina in southwestern Wake County.
- The Wake Weekly, a weekly community newspaper serving suburban Wake Forest, northern Wake County and southern Franklin County.
- The Chapel Hill News, a biweekly community newspaper serving Chapel Hill, suburban Orange County and northeastern Chatham County
- The Chatham Journal, the weekly community newspaper for suburban Pittsboro and surrounding Chatham County.
- The Clayton News-Star, a weekly community newspaper for suburban Clayton and western Johnston County.
- The Daily Record, the daily community newspaper for suburban Dunn and surrounding Harnett County.
- The Courier-Times, the semiweekly community newspaper for suburban Roxboro and Person County.
- The Triangle Business Journal, a weekly regional economic journal.
- Chapel Hill Magazine, a local bi-monthly magazine that serves 12,500 households and 1,600 businesses of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and northern Chatham County.
- The Independent Weekly, a free weekly regional independent journal published in Durham.
- The Carolina Journal, a monthly free regional newspaper published in Raleigh.
- The Raleigh Downtowner, a free monthly magazine for downtown Raleigh and environs.
- The Raleigh Hatchet, a free monthly magazine.
- The Daily Tar Heel, the free weekday (during the regular academic year) student newspaper at UNC-Chapel Hill.
- Technician, the free weekday (during the regular academic year) student newspaper at NC State University in Raleigh.
- The Chronicle, a free daily newspaper for (but independent of) Duke University and its surrounding community in Durham.
- The Blotter, a free monthly regional literary journal.
- Fifteen-501, a free magazine for the Durham-Chapel Hill area (named for nearby U.S. Route 15-501).
- Acento Latino, a free Spanish-language weekly regional newspaper published in Raleigh.
- Chapel Hill News, a free Wednesday/Sunday paper, containing local content only, owned/distributed by the News/Observer.
- The Raleigh Telegram, a free daily news source for the greater Raleigh area.
- The Wake Forest Gazette, a free weekly news site for items of local Wake Forest Interest
The Triangle is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville Designated Market Area for broadcast television, which currently is home to the following television stations:
- WUNC-TV (4), the PBS affiliate and viewer-supported flagship station of the University of North Carolina television network.
- WRAL-TV (5), the CBS affiliate, licensed to Capitol Broadcasting Company.
- WTVD-TV (11), the ABC affiliate, owned by ABC/Walt Disney Company.
- WNCN-TV (17), the NBC affiliate, owned by Media General.
- WLFL-TV (22), the CW affiliate, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- WTNC-LP (26), the Telefutura affiliate, owned by Univision Communications, Inc.
- WRDC-TV (28), the My Network TV affiliate, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
- WRAY-TV (30), an independent station, owned by Multicultural Broadcasting.
- WUVC-TV (40), the Univision affiliate, owned by Univision Communications, Inc.
- WRPX-TV (47), the Pax/ION affiliate (Raleigh-Durham), owned by ION Media Networks.
- WRAZ-TV (50), the Fox affiliate, which is operated by Capitol Broadcasting Company.
Raleigh is home to the Research Triangle Region bureau of the regional cable TV news channel News 14 Carolina.
The Triangle region hosted North Carolina's first online television station, RTP-TV (Research Triangle Park Television), which broadcast news and programs of regional interest over the Internet from its Research Triangle Park location until ceasing operations in 2006.
The Triangle is home to North Carolina Public Radio, a public radio station/NPR provider that brings in listeners around the country. Raleigh and a large part of the Triangle area is Arbitron radio market #43. Stations include:
Map of the Triangle
A - Raleigh
a - Research Triangle Park
1 - I-40/I-85
1 - US 15
- 1 Top City for Small Business (Raleigh, NC) -- Bizjournals, February 2009
- 1 America’s Smartest Cities (Raleigh-Durham, NC) -- The Daily Beast, October 2009
- 1 Fastest-Growing Metropolitan Area in the Country (Raleigh-Cary, NC) -- U.S. Census Bureau, March 2009
- 1 Best Place for Business and Careers (Raleigh, NC) -- Forbes.com, March 2009
- 3 Best Places to Launch a Small Business (Raleigh, NC) -- CNNMoney.com, October 2009
- 3 Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs (Raleigh-Durham) - Entrepreneur Magazine, September, 2005
- 1 High Tech Region (Raleigh-Durham) -- "Daring To Compete: A Region-to-Region Reality Check," Silicon Valley Leadership Group, September 16, 2005
- 2 Top Business Opportunity Metros (Durham MSA, Raleigh-Cary MSA) -- 2005 Mayor's Challenge "Top Business Opportunity Metros", Expansion Management, July 11, 2005
- 5 U.S. Life Sciences Clusters (Greater Raleigh-Durham) -- "The Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Cluster", Milken Institute, June 2005; May 2009 
- 1 City (Greater Raleigh-Durham) for Biotechnology—Milken Institute, June 2005
- 2 City (Greater Raleigh-Durham) for Life Sciences Human Capital—Milken Institute, June 2005
- 4 City (Greater Raleigh-Durham) for Life Sciences Workforce—Milken Institute, June 2005
- 1 City Where Americans Are Relocating (Raleigh, NC) -- Forbes.com, April 2009
- 3 Best Places to Live in America—Forbes, 2003 
- 8 Best Big Cities for Jobs (Raleigh-Cary, NC) -- Forbes.com, May 2009
- One of Top 10 University Markets that Has Its Act Together (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) -- Southern Business & Development, Summer 2005
- 5 Best Knowledge Worker Metro (Raleigh-Cary MSA) -- "Knowledge Worker Quotient", Expansion Management, May 2005
- 1 Most Unwired City (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) -- Forbes.com 2009
- 1 Best Place to Work (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, RTP), # 4 (NIEHS) and # 1 Academic Institution (UNC-Chapel Hill) for Postdocs -- "Best Places to Work for Postdocs: 2005", The Scientist, February 14, 2005
- 1 of America's Most Entrepreneurial Campuses (UNC-Chapel Hill) -- Forbes, October 22, 2004
- 4 Top Pro-Business State -- "Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2005: Keeping Jobs in America", Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., 2005
- 4 Best State in Health Care and Availability -- "Health Care Cost Quotient", Expansion Management, February, 2005
- 9 Top State in Nanotechnology—Small Times, March 2005
- 10 Top Venture Capital State—Moran Stahl & Boyer LLC, Site Selection, July 2005
- I-85 Corridor
- Piemdont Atlantic
- Piedmont Crescent
- Piedmont Triad
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