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A new report from talent management and recruitment firm Robert Half ranks Raleigh, NC a top 5 city for careers.

Citing low crime, housing availability, quality of life, cost of living, career prospects, and community diversity, Raleigh ranked fifth among metro areas in the United States.  What’s more, Raleigh is the only city in the top 5 that’s not in a major metropolitan area.  The rankings are:Raleigh a Top City for Career Growth

  1. Seattle
  2. Boston
  3. San Francisco Bay Area
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Raleigh

The report, which uses data compiled by U.K.-based The Economist Intelligence Unit, adds that the Raleigh area has maintained high rental vacancy rates which has helped keep the cost of living affordable.   The two categories that kept Raleigh from ranking higher are “Quality of Healthcare” (#25) and “International Flights” (#22).  The healthcare ranking is somewhat surprising, given the presence of Duke, UNC, and WakeMed.  The lack of international flights ranking is likely to climb over time, as RDU has periodically added international flights over the last few years, including Delta’s announcement last September of a nonstop flight to Paris.    Even more domestic non-stops should help, like Alaska Airlines’ recent addition of a nonstop from RDU to Seattle.

Adding to Raleigh’s impressive ranking as a great city for careers is its rank as a technology hub.  “The city’s inclusion in the ‘Research Triangle’ region — appropriately named after the three research institutions in the area: Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University — serves as a conduit for attracting businesses across sectors, which equates to a growing number of job opportunities,” the report says.

The other North Carolina city in the top 20 was Charlotte, ranking at #16.  At Carolina Career College, we’re seeing a significant amount of hiring activity in the Information Technology sector.  We regularly work with Robert Half, the recruiting firm authoring the report, to get our students and graduates placed in IT careers.

The full report is available at



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