Raleigh, NC has been awarded 4th in the nation for the “Best Places to Live” by U.S. News for 2016! The list ranked the cities based on job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration, using data retrieved from the FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as previous ranking statistics including best schools, best hospitals, and a public survey of thousands of Americans.
The U.S. News describes Raleigh as home to “young, friendly, diverse and educated” people, and which hosts a strong sense of community in residents. “The Raleigh-Durham metro area also encompasses beautiful green spaces, family-friendly museums and a growing art and music scene defined by monthly gallery walks, summer concerts and music festivals like Hopscotch,” which is only a small portion of what Raleigh offers residents and visitors. Raleigh ranked highest in the categories for desirability and net migration, and ranked a total of 7.5 out of 10 in the score.
The cost of living in Raleigh is lower than the national average, and home prices are expected to rise as migration to Raleigh increases. The population is extremely diverse, due in part to the fact that several major universities and employers call the Raleigh area home, and the availability of good jobs makes people lay their roots in Raleigh. Raleigh-Durham is home to many cultural facilities such as the Durham Performing Arts Center, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Museum, and the North Carolina Symphony. It’s also home to over 21 craft breweries, a booming food scene, and the most live music venues in North Carolina.
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