The U.S. News & World Report Ranks Raleigh-Durham as No. 2 Place to Live in 2021

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The news is in. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Raleigh-Durham area as the No. 2 place in the United States to live in with the release of their annual list of top areas to live.

Aside from what we know and love about the area, national results accredited Raleigh-Durham as being highlighted by its “research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries” as two of the aspects that stood out. Overall, the area was given a 7.5 score. The Triangle – composed of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill – has seen a growing population in recent years thanks in part to job opportunities, comparative affordability, and nationally recognized universities.

Out of 150 cities analyzed, rankings were determined by whether a city had good value, high desirability, a strong job market, and high quality of life. Also included in the rankings was a U.S.-based survey that asked 3,600 people across the country about where they prefer to live.

Thanks to a successful job market and high desirability ratings, Raleigh and the surrounding areas made a substantial jump from the No. 11 spot in 2020. While the pandemic has been extremely challenging to navigate through, roughly a third of Americans surveyed say the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed their living preferences. Because the Raleigh-Durham area is less dense than other major metropolitan areas like New York or Miami, people like the idea of having elements of the city but with enough space to spread out and do life comfortably and safely.

When it comes to Raleigh-Durham’s successful job market, the area was able to maintain employment stability thanks to its heavily focused economy in research and academics. The Research Triangle Park has hundreds of companies focused on aerospace research, technology, and higher education — all things that have been able to keep unemployment rates from climbing too high. Earlier this year, Apple announced it picked the Triangle for a $1 billion campus and Google selected Durham for an engineering hub, securing thousands of new jobs in the area. Despite rising home prices and a nationwide chaotic housing market, Raleigh was able to stand strong and rank high.

 The Triangle was also praised for a “strong sense of community” and described much of the demographic as “young, friendly, diverse and educated.”

It’s clear that there’s so much to love about the Triangle. From great food to a bustling downtown Raleigh, quaint streets of Chapel Hill, and the history of Durham, there’s truly something for everyone of all ages and walks of life. The good news? We’ve got new homes to check out! No matter what area you want to live in, make sure to explore all the new and exciting communities the Triangle has to offer by visiting our blog.

By Kendra Stowe