15 Reasons to Move to The Triangle

by fmrealty on April 11, 2014

The following is re-published by permission thanks to the good folks at Penny Realty Group out of our Fonville Morisey Inside the Beltline sales office. They compiled this excellent list of Triangle accolades over the last couple of years. Thanks for sharing, PRG Team!

Research Triangle RealtorsOur team members live all over the Triangle area that includes Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and Apex, among others.  There are many reasons why we love living here.  Below are some of the accolades the great cities that represent the Triangle have received recently, and why so many people are moving here.

  1. Raleigh is ranked #2 as one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. according to Forbes in February 2014.  The article states that Raleigh has a median pay of $64,800, a 2013 population growth rate of 2.15% and an unemployment rate of 5.69%.
  2. Raleigh is ranked #6 among the nations top value destinations according to Hotwire in March 2014.  Hotwire states that its museums, dining, parks, historical sites and shopping, Raleigh is a top destination for the price.
  3. Durham was recognized as the #4 small city in the U.S. for starting over according to Credit Donkey in October 2013.  Both income growth and population growth are notable, as well as the revitalization of downtown.
  4. Durham received the tastiest town in the South according to Southern Living Magazine in April 2013.  “A passionate mix of chefs, farmers, brewers, bakers, and baristas have quietly transformed Durham into one of the hottest food destinations in the South.”
  5. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh is ranked #14 of one of the 50 most beautiful libraries in the world according to Best Value Schools in January 2014.  Both the facility’s green features and design have wowed industry insiders.
  6. Raleigh is ranked #5 among 8 emerging tech hubs in the world according to Transferwise in February 2014.  Affordable housing, short commutes and being one of the nations top areas for young families make this a destination for some of the world’s top tech companies.
  7. RDU International Airport ranked the #7 among North America’s top regional airports according to Skytrax in April 2014.  And it’s only getting better!
  8. Raleigh ranks #1 among the top dog friendly cities in America according to PetCareRx in October 2013.  3 off leash dog parks, 23 dog friendly restaurants, 31 dog friendly hotels and a number of annual pet celebrations make this the top dog friendly city.
  9. Raleigh ranks as the #10 fittest cities for baby boomers according to American Physical Therapy Association in October 2013.  This is extremely important to two of our team members!
  10. Cary was named an eCity of America and received a Google eCity award in August 2013.  It uses the web to connect students, faculty, and lifelong residents with its shops, restaurants, and events.
  11. Apex ranked #1 among the 10 best cities in North Carolina according to Movoto in November 2013.  It’s cost of living, median household income, crime rate, education, home value and amenities make it the best.
  12. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area ranks #6 for the best cities to stay young according to Realage in February 2014.  The area ranks 3rd for healthy cholesterol, 5th for healthy blood pressure and 5th for strong employment levels.
  13. Durham was ranked #23 out of the 25 fittest cities in the U.S. according to The Active Times in April 2014.  The city offers parks, trails and waterways for outdoor recreation and calls on residents to help with the upkeep.
  14. Durham was ranked #10 for U.S. cities with the highest amount of waste recycled according to Earth 911 in February 2014.
  15. Durham was ranked #10 for best U.S. cities for businesses and careers according to Forbes in August 2013.

Brightleaf Square in DurhamTo keep up with all the things that the Penny Realty Group loves about the Triangle, visit their blog – “The Open Door“.

To see some images and video we have also shared about our Triangle accolades in 2013, visit our August 2013 and November 2013 blog posts.

In the meantime, what are some of YOUR favorite reasons for living in the communities that make up the Triangle? Please leave a comment below!



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