We're Number One!

You don’t have to live in Raleigh very long before you come to realize we’re the best.


It seems like every month or so, Raleigh ends up at or near the top of some best-of list or another. Dog-Friendly Cities? We’re No. 1 (really?). Fastest-Growing Cities? We’re No. 2 (that one I believe). Most hospitable? We’re No. 5. (See many, many more lists at, run by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.)*


Just this week, it happened again. Forbes named us the best city for raising a family. Number one. They used some pretty hard data to reach that conclusion, but you don’t have to crunch numbers to know it’s true.


We’ve got friendly people, safe places and great weather for taking it all in. Even as foodies take over the restaurant scene, pretty much every place is happy to find a high chair or booster seat to allow the whole family to enjoy a meal. Raleigh – and the communities around it — offer loads of free, family-friendly activities to fill up the calendar.


So sure, Forbes, crunch the numbers — lord know that isn’t my strong point. All I know is I love raising my child here, and I have a feeling I’m not alone.


* In the interest of fairness, I must also point out that we’re also at the bottom of at least one list. Online dating site Zoosk announced this week that Raleigh is the least open-minded city for dating. Locals who use the service had the lowest willingness to date someone with different viewpoints on things like children, religion, previous marriages, and education. So maybe being the best all the time has made us a little set in our ways, huh? Look, we can’t be perfect all the time.