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2011 Accolades for Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Triangle Voted Best in the U.S.

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Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and neighboring Carrboro and Cary are frequent recipients of Best Places awards. The Triangle area has been placed first or within the top five for living, working, raising children, retiring, starting a company, having the msot educated residents, being the foodiest small town in America and on and on. Here are our most recent accomplishments.

1. Durham Ranked #1 Place to Retire

The CNNMoney website named 25 of the best college towns to retire and Durham topped their list in 2011.

2. Chapel Hill Named Best Place to Raise Kids in NC

Business Week selected one town from each state for it's list of "Best Places to Raise Kids," and Chapel Hill earned the top spot for North Carolina. School performance is a key strength for the city as it has the states highest SAT scores and more than 90 percent of the high school students go on to college.

3. Raleigh/Cary #1 in the Top 10 Fastest Growing Retirement Spots

The Raleigh-Cary area was named number one by U.S. News in their list of the top 10 fastest growing retirement spots.

4. Raleigh/Cary #2 Brain Magnet in the Country

To come up with the country's biggest brain magnets, Forbes Magazine took the 50 largest metro areas and ranked them by the increase in college graduates. The Triangle area is joined on the list by New Orleans, Tesas, Nashville and Birmingham.

5. Raleigh/Cary #2 Next Big Boom Town

Forbes Magazine ranked Raleigh/Cary #2 on it's list of cities positioned to grow and prosper in the next decade. Criteria included job growth and demographic factors including rates of family formation, growth in educated migration, population growth, and attractiveness as a place to settle, make money and start businesses.

6. Raleigh Named #4 Best Place to Live by RelocateAmerica

Criteria included real estate and housing, economic health, recreation, and safety.  Additionally, input was solicited from  local residents, business and community leaders.

7. NC Museum of Art as #6 Best New Museum in America

Go, the in-flight magazine for AirTran, named the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh as the #6 Best New Museum in the U.S. Even thought the museum isn't technically new, the accolade points the the incredible transformation created by the addition of the West Building that opened in 2010.

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