Durham at No. 5 on magazine’s list of best places to live
Durham has won the attention of U.S. News and World Report.
The Bull City has been placed fifth on the magazine’s Best Places to Live 2009 ranking released Tuesday.
The magazine praised the town’s rebirth as a medical and tech hub for its strong performance, saying: “Once a tobacco town, Durham, N.C., has evolved into a world-class center of all things advanced.”
Albuquerque, N.M., topped the list, which was determined by studying a database of 2,000 locales that contained crime rates, local economies, living costs and entertainment options, among other factors.
The other cities on the top 10 list were Auburn, Ala.; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; La Crosse, Wis.; Loveland, Colo.; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; St. Augustine, Fla. and Upper St. Clair, Pa.
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Charlotte ranks as Southeast’s No. 3 city
A new study ranks Charlotte third among nine Southeastern metro areas on a range of factors affecting economic growth.
The benchmarking index was compiled by Harrison Campbell, associate professor of geography at UNC Charlotte.
He ranked the metro areas on employment and labor; income and productivity; livability and connectivity; new economy; and equity and diversity in a report prepared for the Charlotte Chamber.
The report, dubbed Benchmark Charlotte 2009, ranked the Charlotte area first for income and productivity and second for livability and connectivity.
Charlotte fared worse, however, on having a new economy (fifth place), employment and work force (fifth place), and equity and diversity (sixth place).
The Raleigh-Durham area achieved the No. 1 overall ranking, followed by Austin, Texas. The Atlanta area ranked No. 4, followed in order by Dallas; Richmond, Va.; Nashville, Tenn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Jacksonville, Fla.