Forbes Ranks Raleigh-Cary No. 7 Best Big City for Jobs.

Capital area experiencing healthy growth in capacities that advance business.


[North Carolina Department of Commerce Editorial Staff]

The Raleigh-Cary area is emerging as one of growth. It has been recognized nationally in recent months for top growth in population, jobs and innovation.

Last month, CNN conducted an analysis of U.S. Census data and found that Raleigh was the second fastest growing city in the country from 2001-2010. During that decade, the city grew over 63 percent.

Raleigh was also ranked the number four best city for technology by Forbes last November.

This week, Forbes released a new Best Big Cities for Jobs list, in which 398 cities were analyzed for recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region’s momentum. The Raleigh-Cary area, which was ranked 14th in 2011, broke the top-ten on this year’s list, moving up to number seven. Year-on-year employment growth for the capital area was 2.2 percent. See the Forbes Best Big Cities for Jobs lists.

Raleigh and Cary also placed 19th and fifth most innovative cities in America in The Daily Beast’s review of patent applications last fall. With Durham placing 16th on the same list, North Carolina was named the second most innovative state in the nation.

The Raleigh-Cary area corporate landscape is supported by a strong university research and development network, global market access via air, rail and interstate and a highly-motivated and skilled workforce

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