Young and Professional in North Carolina
Raleigh was recently named the 2nd best city for young adults in the United States, and that stands for good reason. Young adults from around the country are moving to the Triangle Region, which has one of the highest concentrations of IT/Pharma companies outside of Silicon Valley. While jobs are a big reason that so many are choosing to call the Triangle home, there are other important elements that have young people flocking to North Carolina. Here is what we came up with as 3 Reasons Young Professionals Are Moving to the Triangle Region.
Raleigh was named by Forbes as the number one city in the United States for business and careers. The list was compiled by considering 12 metrics, including job growth, costs, income growth, educational attainment, and projected economic growth. Raleigh has become a hub for technology companies seeking a more relaxed, inexpensive setting, which has spurred a whole new wave of incoming workers.
While there are many other things that keep young professionals moving to the Triangle Region, it is the companies and institutions in or near the Research Triangle Park that make the move so enticing. The park is home to over 190 companies employing over 50,000 workers, with all of the big names present (Microsoft, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon, etc.). Take a look at the full list of companies and see for yourself – the job opportunities in the Research Triangle Park are endless.
2. Food & Entertainment
The residents of Durham have long known their good food fortune, but two years ago that secret was made public. In January 2013, Durham was named “The South’s Tastiest Town” by Southern Living Magazine, which brought foodies and weekend visitors alike into the city to see for themselves. Southern Living Magazine describes the scene as “to-die-for takes on simple culinary delights”, including fantastic renditions of coffee, beer, pizza, pie, and more. Visitors to Durham are sure to fall in love with both a brewery and a coffee shop, and the food culture has certainly contributed to an influx of young professionals with a healthy appetite.
3. Environmentally Friendly
An annual study conducted by Texas A&M University found that the Triangle’s commuters wasted the least amount of time in traffic, as the area being easily accessible by both car and bicycle. Raleigh’s unique greenway system covers over 100 miles in the city, offering a secondary, pedestrian transportation system like no other. These types of initiatives offer young professionals the opportunity to travel around Raleigh with virtually no exposure to motorized traffic – a huge incentive to move to the Triangle Region. In addition to having a first class transportation system, Raleigh was named the third cleanest (environmentally) city in the US by Forbes Magazine, ranking first on water quality. With these types of distinctions being handed out to the Triangle Region every month, it’s no wonder why young adults are choosing to move to the area.
Did we miss anything? Is there another reason that you think young professionals are moving to the Triangle Region? Let us know!