Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The North Carolina cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill make up an area of the state known as The NC Triangle. The downtown of all three cities are charming and quaint but don't let that fool you into thinking they are sleepy southern towns. The concentration of world class universities, medical centers and the Research Triangle Park has created a home for leading high-tech firms and government programs making the area a haven for science and health innovation.
Luckily for the region, the nearby university graduates are attracted to the area's strong economy, fostering a young population interested in tech and innovation. City governments have noticed and are making the area more than attractive for young, growing businesses searching for an affordable home with a like-minded community. The Triangle boasts home-grown entrepreneurs and a southern startup-culture that is the envy of every burned out NYC CEO. And even though it's technically three cities, the area's ability to create alliances through its students, research and culture is just one of the reasons the Triangle is at the top of our featured list.