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Forbes Magazine: Raleigh-Durham #2 "Best Place for Business and Careers"

This area of NC is a great place to live and work, and, in a mostly Red state, it’s a decent place to be queer — Durham especially so. The two cities are usually referred to as “Raleigh-Durham”, but they are distinct cities with very different appeals. I’m partial toward my hometown’s more laid back flavor.

Durham’s mayor was a neighbor of mine back in the day (when I was a little kid). 🙂 He has endorsed, attended, and spoken at the state’s annual NC Pride event, which is held here.

“We are excited and pleased to be ranked so highly by such a prestigious publication,” said William V. “Bill” Bell, Durham’s mayor. “Durham is a great place to live and work, and this number two ranking further illustrates that good things are happening in Durham.”

The magazine’s seventh annual ranking of “Best Places for Business and Careers” relies on, the West Chester, Pa. research firm, which helped the publication weigh business costs (labor, energy, tax, and office space expenses) and living costs (housing, transportation, food, and other household expenditures). also helped Forbes assess the education levels of the work force, as well as job and income growth and migration patterns over the past five years. For quality-of-life issues, the magazine examined crime rates and used a culture-and-leisure index developed by Bertrand Sperling, a consultant in Portland, Ore. who keeps track of museums, theaters, golf courses, sports teams and so forth.

“This distinguished honor illustrates the great things our City is doing to attract businesses, and subsequently great jobs, to Durham,” said Patrick W. Baker, Durham’s city manager. “A large part of our success in this area is due to the hard work of our Office of Economic and Employment Development. They are making significant strides in creating good jobs and developing a skilled workforce to fill them.”

Forbes Magazine Top 10 Best Metros

1. Boise, Idaho
2. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
3. Austin, Texas
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Albuquerque, N.M.
6. Huntsville, Ala.
7. Fayetteville, Ark.
8. Norfolk, Va.
9. Atlanta, Ga.
10. Madison, Wis.

To read the complete article, visit the Forbes Magazine website.

Check out the 2005 NC Pride site.

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