In calculating the Best Places to Live, US News factors in each metro area's growth due to net migration over a five-year period. For the 2018 ranking, we used net migration data from 2012 to 2016 from the US Census Bureau, the most recent complete data set at the time of our calculations. Places with the most growth might be attracting new residents thanks to a hot job market, affordable housing, a desirable location or some other factor. Raleigh is one of the top metro areas out of the 125 most populous in the US.
14. Raleigh, NC
- Best Places to Live 2018 rank: 13
- Median Annual Salary: $52,669
- Net Migration Rate from 2012-2016: 6.63%
Home to major universities – the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University – The Raleigh and Durham area has plenty of former students who are choosing to lay down permanent roots, while others are flocking to the metro region for the job opportunities the schools and other locally based corporations offer.