names Raleigh America's Best City

Published: Sep. 21, 2011 at 5:09 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – recently released its list of America's 50 Best Cities.  North Carolina cities took ten percent of the spots on the list, even claiming the number one city. took a look at 100 of the country's largest cities and evaluated them based on 16 areas, including restaurants, bars, colleges, professional sports teams, income, unemployment, crime, public school performance and more.

According to their report, used data from several organizations like the US Census Bureau and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Five cities in North Carolina were ranked on the list:

#46 – Winston Salem

  • said Winston Salem has a lot of parks compared to others and boasts good schools, including Wake Forest University.  They say the low household income and high rate of property crime prevented it from being higher on the list.

#37 – Durham

  • Durham is home of Duke University and its medical center, creating a hub for the health care industry.  According to, Durham has been nicknamed the "City of Medicine."

#31 – Greensboro

  • According to, Greensboro has a large number of restaurants, bars and museums for a relatively small city.  They say this city would have scored higher if not for high levels of crime.

#20 – Charlotte

  • calls Charlotte a "pedestrian-friendly city."  They describe it as a "hip and accessible" city.  Charlotte has more than 1,000 restaurants and two sports teams.

#1 – Raleigh

  • Raleigh was chosen as's top ranking city in America for the variety in its social scene, great parks and good schools.  The city is known as Research Triangle Park.  They mentioned Raleigh's weekend scene that offers a number of concerts and theatrical shows.  "North Carolina's state capital is tops in our book," they wrote in their report.

Click here to see the full list of's America's 50 Best Cities.

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