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Cary Accolades


#1 Among Family-Friendly Cities in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) - Human Life Project, January 2013

#1 Among Large Metros with the Largest Share of College Grads in the Center City (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) - The Atlantic Cities, January 2013

#5 Among America's New Tech Hot Spots (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, January 2013


America's Most Popular New Restaurants 2012 (Maru Restaurant, Cary, and Gonza Tacos y Tequila, Raleigh) - Urbanspoon, December 2012

OpenTable Diners' Choice 2012 Best American Cuisine Winners - Top 100 Restaurant List (Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) -, November 2012

#5 Most Hindu City in America (Raleigh-Cary) - Huffington Post, November 2012

#10 Most Buddhist City in America (Raleigh-Cary) - Huffington Post, November 2012

#30 Most Christian City in America (Raleigh-Cary) - Huffington Post, November 2012

The Town of Cary was named a 2012 North Carolina Outstanding Traffic Safe Community by AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety. - AAA Carolinas’ Foundation, October 2012

#18 Among Top 40 Hotels in the South, Readers' Choice Awards (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Condé Nast Traveler, October 2012

#56 Among Best Places to Live, America's Best Small Cities (Cary) - CNNMoney, August 2012

#11 Among Top Large City Hotels in the Continental U.S. (The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary) - Travel+Leisure, August 2012

#8 Among 10 Cheapest U.S. Cities You’ll Want to Visit (Raleigh-Cary) - Kiplinger, June 2012

#2 Among Best Places for Business and Careers
(Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, June 2012

10 Best Beer Cities (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) - ID Cocktails blog, January 2012

#7 Among Cities with the Most College-Educated Residents
(Raleigh-Cary, 41% in 2010) - The New York Times, May 2012

#6 Among Top Cities for Staying Young (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) - RealAge, June 2012

#5 Among Most Frugal U.S. Cities on the 2011 Savings Index -, February 2012


The Umstead Hotel and Spa is North Carolina’s first full-service hotel to receive the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and is a Forbes Five Star rated property, was named to the Travel + Leisure T+L 500 list in 2011 and is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

Herons has been lauded with a Forbes Four Star Award, AAA Five Diamond Award and Raleigh’s News & Observer’s Restaurant of the Year honor, as well as earning recognition in publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Southern Living and Food & Wine.

#2 Among Top Medical Cities (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) - MedCity News, December 2011

Cary Named Third Safest by Population in US in 2010, Remains Safest in North Carolina, Southeast - CQ Press, December 2011

 #4 Among the Best Cities for Technology Jobs (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, November 2011

#7 Among Smartest Major U.S. Cities with More than 100,000 Residents (Cary) - American City Business Journals, November 2011

#41 Among Top 200 Hotels in the United States (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) - Condé Nast Traveler, October 2011

The 25 Most Inventive Cities - Cary Ranks 5th - The Daily Beast, October 2011
The 10 Safest Cities in the U.S. (Cary) - M&C, October 2011

#5 Among 10 Best Cities for Educated Workers (Raleigh-Cary) - 24/7 Wall St., September 2011

#10 Among Top Large City Hotels in U.S./Canada (The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary) - Travel+Leisure, July 2011

#2 Next Big Boom Town (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, July 2011

#1 Among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, June 2011

#14 Among 2011 Best Cities for Job Growth (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, June 2011

#7 Top Metro for Small Business (Raleigh-Cary) -, April 2011

#3 Best Labor Market for Young Adults (Raleigh-Cary) -, April 2011

#3 America’s Cleanest Cities (Raleigh-Cary) - Forbes, March 2011


#1 in Quality of Life among Major Markets
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#15 in Economic Strength Rankings, Policom Corporation, May 2010

Top 100 Fun Places in America
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#8 Best Place to Live,, April 2010

#3 Best Place for Business and Careers
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49th-Largest Metropolitan Statistical Area, U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, March 2010

#3 Best Market for Young Adults
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#1 among America’s Most Wired Cities,, March 2010


4th Fastest Growing U.S. Metropolitan Area from 2000 to 2009 (Raleigh-Cary)
- U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, March 2010

#3 Metro Area for Overall Well-Being, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, February 2010

500 World’s Best Hotels 2010 (The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary)
, Travel + Leisure, December 2009

#16 Cities Where Americans Are Getting Richer,, December 2009

#19 Lowest City Crime Ranking in United States, CQ Press, November 2009

#10 among 2009 Best Performing Cities, Milken Institute, November 2009

#3 Raleigh-Cary MSA, Top 10 Big Cities Best Place to Launch a New Business Fortune Small Business, November 2009

#1 America’s Smartest Cities MSA Area
The Daily Beast, October 2009

#6 Next Cities, Cary, NC (Places with the assets and amenities to attract and
retain a young, educated work force. Population 100,000 to 200,000)
Area Development, October 2009

#10 Raleigh-Cary Best Places for Creating and Keeping Jobs
Milken Institute, November 2009

#5 Raleigh-Cary Total Job Growth over Past 5 Years
Milken Institute, November 2009

#9 America’s Top States for Business (North Carolina) – CNBC, August, 2009
Favorite Destination for Retirees (North Carolina), August 2009

#5 Metro for Best Quality of Life
Business Facilities, August 2009

#4 MSA with Highest Concentration of Employment, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Business Facilities
August 2009

Strongest Metro Area in North Carolina
Brookings Institution, June 2009

#6 Best Place to Live and Work for Young Professionals (Cary)
Mighty Micros

#20 Most Fit MSA
The American College of Sports Medicine, May 2009

2nd Best State to Do Business In (North Carolina)
Chief Executive Magazine, March 2009

#1 Fastest-Growing Metropolitan Area in the Country (Raleigh-Cary)
US Census, March 2009

#18 MSA with Highest Rate of House Price Appreciation (Raleigh-Cary)
Federal Housing Finance Agency, February 2009


#1 Top Business Climate (North Carolina)
Site Selection, November 2008

#2 Best Performing City (Raleigh-Cary)
The Milken Institute, September 2008

#1 Best City for Doing Business (Raleigh-Cary) and, July 2008

#2 State with the Best Business Climate (North Carolina)
Development Counsellors International, July 2008

#4 Best State for Business (North Carolina), July 2008

#4 MSA with Highest Concentration of Employment – Drugs and Pharmaceuticals (Raleigh-Cary)
Business Facilities, July 2008

#1 Pro-Business State (North Carolina), June 2008

#8 Best City for Recent College Grads (Raleigh-Durham), June 2008

#6 Medium-Sized Metro (Raleigh-Cary)
Site Selection, March 2008

#9 Market in the South for Advanced Manufacturing (Raleigh-Cary)
Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008

#4 Major Market in the South (Raleigh-Cary)
Southern Business & Development, Winter 2008


5-Star Public Education Metro (Raleigh-Cary)
Expansion Management, December 2007

#5 Best City for Relocating Singles
Primacy, October 2007

#3 Medium Market Best City for Relocated Families
Primacy October 2007

#10 Best Performing City, Milken Institute
September 2007

One of the Top 25 Places to Live and Go to School
Relocate, 2007

#3 Economic Development Hot Spot (Wake County)
National Policy Research Council, September 2007

#3 Techiest City in America
U.S. Census Bureau, September 2007

#3 5-Star Business Opportunity Metros
Expansion Management, August 2007

#12 Most Affordable Real Estate Market in the Nation, August 2007

#8 Fastest Growing Large City

#3 Best City for Relocating Families
Medium Markets, Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation, 2007 Report

#8 County for Business Recruitment and Attraction (Wake County)

#8 Top Large County (Wake) for Recruitment and Attraction National Policy
Research Council, Expansion Management, May/June 2007

#3 Overall Quality of Life Mid-Sized Metros
Expansion Management’s 2007 Quality of Life Quotient, May/June 2007

#7 Boomtown
Inc. Magazine May 2007

#8 Fastest Growing Metro in the Nation
US Census Bureau, April 2007

#3 Metro for College Educated Workers
Expansion Magazine, April 2007

Best Places for Business and Careers
Forbes, April 2007

#3 Top Metro for College-Educated Workers
Expansion Management’s 2007 Knowledge Worker Quotient, April 2007

5-Star Knowledge Worker Metros
Expansion Management’s 2007 Knowledge Worker Quotient, Aril 2007

#1 Best Cities for Jobs, February 2007

Top 50 Hottest Cities for Expanding and Relocating Companies
Expansion Management, February 2007

#1 School District in the Nation for Certified Teachers (Wake County)
National Board of Certified Teachers, January 2007

Gold Rating (Wake County Schools)
Expansion Management’s Education Quotient, January 2007

100 Most Popular Places to Retire
Where to Retire Magazine, January 2007

America’s 50 Hottest Cities
Expansion Management, January 2007

#22 Fastest Growing City in the Nation
US Census Bureau


Top 10 Places to Live
Relocate America – 2006

#25 Hottest Housing Markets
National Association of Realtors, 2006

Best Places to Live
Money Magazine, 2006

America’s Best Places for Women
Self Magazine, December 2006

#1 Best City for Women Entrepreneurs, November 2006

#1 Top State (NC)
Business Climate Site Selection, November 2006

#3 Hottest Sunbelt Market
American City Business Journals, November 2006

#3 Safest City
Morgan Quitno Press, October 2006

Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur, September 2006

#3 Top Overall Metro for Future Business Locations
Expansion Management, August 2006

#3 Top Metro Overall
Expansion Management Mayor’s Challenge, August 2006

#10 Fastest Growing MSA
US Census Bureau, July ’00 – July ’05 (Released August 2006)

Best Place for Singles
Forbes, July 2006

#5 Best Places to Live Among Small Cities
Money, July 2006

#7 Brainiest Small Cities, June 2006

America’s Smartest Cities
American City Business Journal, June 2006

Best Cities for Doing Business in America
Inc. Magazine May 2006

#1 Highest Growth County in NC (Wake County)
US Census Bureau, March 2006

#16 Hottest City for Business Relocation & Expansion
Expansion Management, February 2006


#10 Safest City, 12th Annual America’s Safest Cities
 Morgan Quinto Press, November 2005

#2 of the Top Business Opportunities Metros, 2005 Mayor’s Challenge, “Top
Business Opportunity Metros,”
Expansion Management, July 2005

#5 Knowledgeable Workforce
Expansion Management, July 2005

#7 Top Metro-Scientists and Engineers Per Capita
Expansion Management, May 2005


#5 Best Knowledge Worker Metro
“Knowledge Worker Quotient.” Expansion Management, May 2005

#2 Best Public Education System
Expansion Management, May 2005

Five Star Quality of Life Metro
Expansion Management, April 2005

#13 Best Quality of Life in America (#1 in NC)
American City Business Journals, 2004

#3 Best Public School System in the Nation (Wake County Schools)
Forbes, February 2004

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