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12/17/2014

Year in Review: Triangle Accolades by Rebecca Troyer

Every day it seems that a Triangle city lands on a "top 10" or "best of" list – great news for the folks that are marketing the region to businesses and their families. A review of the 2014 "accolade" stories reveals some interesting trends and characteristics that our cities – and more importantly, the people of those cities – are becoming well-known for.From the rankings, it's clear that Triangle residents are smart, innovative and education-focused. They are also focused on lifestyle and liveability – qualities that are attracting more families and Millennials to the region. In our smaller communities, safety and a concern for fellow man are important.Here are some of the highlights of the year's "top 10 list" stories that are putting the Triangle in national headlines:

Education/Innovation

Forbes ranks Raleigh as the No. 7 smartest city. Chapel Hill is No. 1 on real estate blog Movoto's list of best small cities for education. Financial website WalletHub ranks Raleigh No. 2 and Durham No. 3 among the most-educated metros.When it comes to technology and entrepreneurship, Cary is the No. 2 "most Internet-connected" city in the U.S., while Raleigh ranks No. 12 and Durham No. 18 for young entrepreneurs.

Growth/business climate

Raleigh is No. 2 on Forbes' fastest-growing cities list. The Raleigh metro is No. 4 in economic growth, according to the Bureau for Economic Analysis. And North Carolina jumped from No. 4 to No. 3 this year on Forbes' list of the best states for business.

Liveability/lifestyle

Forbes ranks Raleigh as the No. 1 city for raising a family and the No. 2 city for young professionals, while Gallup ranks Raleigh-Cary No. 1 and Durham No. 2 for overall well-being.

Raleigh-Durham is No. 4 among the happiest cities in the U.S., according to a study by the University of British Columbia.

Cary is deemed the No. 3 safest city in the U.S. based on 24/7 Wall St.'s analysis of FBI crime statistics, while Chapel Hill is the No. 3 most caring, according to Movoto.

The Triangle's smaller cities show up on these lists, too. Family Circle magazine ranks Apex among the 10 best towns for families, while Safewise.com ranks Holly Springs the second-safest town in North Carolina.

Miscellaneous

The Triangle also shows up on a few miscellaneous – and surprising – rankings. For example, Raleigh is flush with residential toilets, ranking third in the U.S. and Durham landed not only on Huffington Post's list of " Southern Towns You're Forgetting About But Shouldn't" but on Travel + Leisure's list of best places in the world – that's right, the world – to visit in 2015.

Rebecca Troyer manages the day-to-day process of delivering the daily digital content and the weekly print edition. Troyer also handles inquiries on news coverage and newspaper deadlines.

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2014/12/17/year-in-review-triangle-rankings.html?ana=fbk&page=all

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