Sunday, March 29, 2009

Raleigh North Carolina is Tops for Business and Career

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Forbes has just released their 11th annual ranking list of the Best Places for Business and Careers. Based on their research, Forbes says that two states are clear winners in 2009: North Carolina and Colorado.

Raleigh, North Carolina tops the list for the third consecutive year based on the strength of strong job growth (both past and projected), low business costs, diversified economic base and a highly educated workforce. Other cities from North Carolina include Durham (ranked third), Asheville (sixth), Wilmington (13th), Winston-Salem (18th) and Charlotte (19th).

Below are the first 25 metro areas as seen on the list from Forbes.


RankMetro AreaCost Of Doing Business (Rank)1Job Growth Projected (Rank)2Educational Attainment (Rank)3Metro Area Population (thou)
1 Raleigh NC 16 15 11 1,086
2 Fort Collins CO 60 13 6 292
3 Durham NC 36 53 8 487
4 Fayetteville AR 11 16 143 442
5 Lincoln NE 21 24 24 296
6 Asheville NC 2 67 125 411
7 Des Moines IA 49 122 44 553
8 Austin TX 143 5 14 1,645
9 Boise ID 17 47 87 601
10 Colorado Springs CO 89 28 25 614
11 Albuquerque NM 34 27 55 847
12 Oklahoma City OK 23 31 97 1,203
13 Wilmington NC 3 34 107 348
14 Denver CO 130 63 20 2,506
15 Huntsville AL 88 2 27 393
16 San Antonio TX 15 6 120 2,032
17 Seattle WA 158 14 15 2,566
18 Winston-Salem NC 7 64 112 469
19 Charlotte NC 57 52 51 1,688
20 Boulder CO 126 8 1 294
21 Eugene OR 20 99 81 346
22 Little Rock AR 31 29 104 674
23 Olympia WA 100 45 41 241
24 Atlanta GA 114 49 34 5,363
25 Nashville TN 42 59 79 1,547



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