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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 24 raleigh Raleigh by brett cornwright For job-seekers, Raleigh ranks highest in hiring opportunities among the country's 50 largest metro areas, according to a new report from This means the ratio of active job openings compared to the number or residents is greatly in your favor in Raleigh. Projected annual job growth is 3.4 percent and the city ranked high in reported job satisfaction as well. For newcomers looking to change careers or continue their educations, Raleigh is perfect as some of the nation's best colleges and universities are right on your doorstep. These include North Carolina State University, Meredith College, Peace College, Shaw University, Saint Augustine's College, the School of Communication Arts, Wake Technical Community College, and Campbell University's Norman Wiggins Schools of Law. If that list of excellence in education doesn't satisfy your needs, the nation's oldest public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and world-renowned Duke University in Durham are just minutes away down Interstate 40. Raleigh is the capstone in North Carolina's renowned Research Triangle region along with neighboring Durham and Chapel Hill. Known as "Silicon Valley East," the area and Research Triangle Park in particular play host to some of the largest and most successful companies in the country. A few of these include IBM, Cisco Systems, Red Hat, SAS, Fidelity Investments, Credit Suisse, NetApp, and GlaxoSmithKline. Major employers in Raleigh proper include the State of North Carolina, Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina State University, WakeMed, and Rex Hospital. "It's a combination of things: there's a great university system here so it's easy to fnd qualifed talent and it's a great place to hire people. The relative cost of living is low, the cost of real estate is dramatically lower than other cities, and the state is pro business," said Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst in a recent Forbes interview. Raleigh also plays host to the renowned Centennial Campus at N.C. State. Centennial Campus is one of the nation's largest and most successful research campuses and is home to more than 70 companies, governmental agencies, and non-profts. During a typical business day, more than 11,000 employees, university staf and students inhabit the NCSU campus. Centennial Campus, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015, has been growing rapidly over the past fve years. In addition to opening two ofce buildings, campus leaders also added a student housing complex>> Known as the "City of Oaks" for its abundance of majestic trees, Raleigh, North Carolina, has evolved from humble beginnings into one of the best places to live and do business in the United States. Steeped in history and serving as the state capital since 1792, Raleigh is now home to more than 440,000 residents. Culturally diverse with a unique blend of traditional values as well as forward-thinking, Raleigh is an eclectic yet "All-American" city. Citizens have unparalleled access to a premium quality of life including high-paying jobs, great schools, a stable housing market, and a relatively low cost of living. All of these contribute to Raleigh's ubiquitous presence on national "best city" lists. Recent rankings for the city include: ▪ #5 on America's Next Boom Towns list — Forbes, 2016 ▪ #1 on top 10 best cities for jobs list — CNN Money, 2015 ▪ #5 on best city for raising a family list — Forbes, 2015 • #2 on best place for business and careers list — Forbes, 2015 ▪ Top 7 on hottest startup hubs outside of Silicon Valley list — Inc., 2016 ▪ Top 5 on America's fve best cities for retirement list — Money, 2015 Whether you are in search of a world-class education, starting a new career, launching a business, raising a family, retiring to the good life, or anything in between, Raleigh is the place you want to be. o a t o k " metropolitan, livability, boom town

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