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Portfolio Ranks Raleigh #1

4527158622_6665f918c3[1] Portfolio.com recently published their rankings for Quality of Life and Raleigh ranks #1 in the survey. The survey used a 20-part formula to assess 67 cities. Raleigh ranked high in areas like Adults 25-44 (#3), Growth (#1), Jobless Rate (#8), Jobs (#4), News Houses (#2), Houses with 9+ Rooms (#9), Adults with High School Diplomas (#13), Adults with College Diplomas (#6), and Adults with Advanced Degrees (#11).

Other cities of interest are Austin (#9), Atlanta (#11), Charlotte (#16), Richmond (#20), and Nashville (#22).


Raleigh One of Top Census Winners

CNNMoney.com has named Raleigh as one of the early winners in population grown over the last decade. With a 41% growth in population, “Raleigh has benefited from Florida’s real estate bubble bust” and is “a sound alternative”. Only Provo, UT was a bigger grower (47%) .


Forbes Ranks Raleigh 3rd for Business

Forbes magazine has named Raleigh as 3rd in the nation for Business and Careers . The list considered factors such as cost of doing business, economic growth projection, education, income growth, anticipated job growth, and net migration.

Des Moines ranked 1st while Provo was 2nd. Charlotte ranked 17th, Asheville ranked 21st, Durham ranked #23, Wilmington ranked #32, Winston-Salem ranked #51, Greensboro ranked 90th, and Fayetteville ranked 159th in the survey.


Canes To Host All-Star Game

nhl_puck_thumb[1] Just for the sake of completeness, as reported earlier , the NHL did announce that Raleigh will host the 2011 All-Star Game. Read more about the story at the Hurricanes’ site. In the meantime, here is the link to add the event you your calendar.


NHL Set to Announce All-Star Game in Raleigh

nhl_puck At 12:30pm tomorrow the NHL is set to announce their selection for the 2011 All-Star Game, and all reports show that Raleigh will be the big winner. Stay tuned!


Back to the Final Four

NCAA-Final-Four-2010-logo On Sunday night the Duke Blue Devils Earned another trip to the Final Four. The win gives the school its 11th Final Four Trip. The Final Four is a national event, however it is so frequent that a team from the Triangle makes it, the event has become one of the Triangle’s most beloved cultural events. In the "Modern Era", the Triangle has had a team in 22 of the last 30 Final Fours. Going back further, the Triangle has placed a team in 32 of the last 48 Final Fours.

The Triangle area is not short on national championships, either. In the last 28 years, 8 have come from the Triangle. Remarkable runs have occurred during that time, too. From 1986 to 1992, Duke only missed the Final Four 1 time (including 5 straight appearances). UNC went 6 times in a 10 year period from 1991 to 2000. No other state, much less metropolitan, can boast such experience at such a high level in any sport.

Year Team Year Team
1963 Duke 1990 Duke
1964 Duke 1991 Duke & UNC
1966 Duke 1992 Duke
1967 UNC 1993 UNC
1968 UNC 1994 Duke
1969 UNC 1995 UNC
1972 UNC 1997 UNC
1974 NCSU 1998 UNC
1977 UNC 1999 Duke
1978 Duke 2000 UNC
1981 UNC 2001 Duke
1982 UNC 2004 Duke
1983 NCSU 2005 UNC
1986 Duke 2008 UNC
1988 Duke 2009 UNC
1989 Duke 2010 Duke

Bold indicates National Champion


Norton Names Raleigh Among Riskiest Cities

Symantec, the geniuses behind the Norton suite of computer security applications, name Raleigh as one of the Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities . Those name riskier for cybercrime are Seattle, Boston, Washington, and San Francisco. They cite the number of Wi-Fi hotspots and hi-tech offerings as key factors in these cities’ vulnerabilities.

In other news…sluts are more likely to get an STD.


Raleigh Named 8th Best Value Destination

TBJ is reporting that Raleigh has been named the 8th best value destination for visitors. Raleigh beat out Chicago and Miami. Atlanta, Orlando, and Phoenix were the top 3 on the list.


Raleigh 3rd Best for Young Adults

Porfolio.com has ranked Raleigh third in a list of best metropolitan areas for young adults in a recessionary economy. The survey considered factors such as population growth, employment growth, share of total population, jobless rate for people ages 18-34, and homeowners younger than 45 with annual household incomes over $100,000. Austin and Washington came in at #1 and #2. Charlotte was the only other city in the Carolinas, ranking at #28.


Angus Barn Named as All-American Icon

Today the leading foodservice industry publication, Nation’s Restaurant News, has named the Angus Barn to its list of 50 All-American Icon restaurants . The Barn has “become synonymous with hospitality and service excellence” according to Nation’s Restaurant News. That’s one of the primary reasons why the establishment made the NRN 50. The Angus Barn is the only North Carolina restaurant on the list, and joins such noted dining institutions as Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis and The Four Seasons in New York City.

IMG_1222 This comes as no surprise. The Angus Barn is known for going out of their way to present an outstanding experience. The restaurant has a rigorous training program for its waitstaff, and only hires people who make it their profession. Owner/manager Van will not accept customers waiting unnecessarily. Case in point: I recently stopped by at 5:30pm one day to buy some blue cheese dressing from the gift shop. The refrigerators were out of stock, but the nice, helpful lady who was running the shop went to the kitchen to make a couple for me. When Van found out that I had been waiting 10 minutes for the dressing, she went to the back, got things rolling, and comped my purchase.

If one is paying attention, they will notice some of the many details that go into the experience at the Angus Barn. The restaurant’s Christmas Tree every year is the finest in any restaurant around. The relish station, an unnecessary perk that was put in place decades ago to placate those waiting for a table, is always fresh. Much of the wood from the restaurant was salvaged from barns in the area. Inset in the brick floor of the gift shop is a 6” thick disc of wood from the state’s largest loblolly pine tree. In the last couple of years, The Angus Barn opened The Pavilions, a rustic lakeside special events facility. A trip to the men’s room of the facility is another example of the fine detail that (along with the excellent, consistent food) has earned this restaurant’s status among the nation’s top restaurants.

The Angus Barn was already one of the early inductees to the publication’s prestigious “ Hall of Fame ” list. Magnolia Grill is the only other North Carolina restaurant to receive that honor.


Raleigh Ain’t As Literit As Before

TBJ is reporting that a new ranking of America’s 20 most literate cities , conducted by Central Connecticut State University is out. Raleigh ranks #19. This is a 5-spot slip since the 2008 survey. At least we ranked higher than Charlotte, which was #27!

The survey is based on six categories: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources. Raleigh took its biggest blow in the library resources category, which raises some questions, because it is a big source of error.

While “number of bookstores” is a nice factor to include, it doesn’t actually account for the number of books consumed or the number of books available in the market; more accurate numbers. Furthermore, sales of online digital books are likely to be higher in this area than others, too, and those figures would not be included in the survey.

There was a survey a few months ago which credited the Raleigh area for its high consumption of non-fiction book sales. With our high internet usage and high book sales, is a top-notch library system actually needed? Certainly a good system is needed, but does every book published really need to be available for a population that is already consuming these books through other means? Would we be more literate if our local governments forced the population to buy every book ever published, so that most can sit on the shelf unread?

Should we be penalized for low newspaper circulation when we are getting our news already from the internet from great sites like this one? Seriously, the N&O content is available online for free. Does my use of a free access point make the area less literate?

We ranked third in the most important of the factors: educational attainment. If we are doing well with that parameter, then the rest will take care of itself in most cases.

This survey is conducted with good intentions, however its criteria are not indicative enough of the tested parameter to be taken seriously.


Raleigh On Growing Wealth List

Yesterday Forbes published their list of American cities where people are “getting richer”. Raleigh-Cary placed 16th on the list . Factors such as median income and unemployment were considered. The survey lists Raleigh-Cary’s median household income at $60,500, and unemployment at 8.6%.


Raleigh Named to Best Driver Cities List

The January 2010 issue (p. 72) of Car & Driver magazine has named Raleigh to its “10 Best Drivers’ Cities in America” list. Factors such as frequency of sunny days, car ownership costs, and annual road salt use factored into the ratings.

I take issue, though, with the article’s commentary about the area. The two points made are that we are in the “heart of NASCAR country”. Wile WIR, Rockingham, and Level Cross are within 100 miles, the number of NASCAR fans per capita here is likely much lower than author Andrew Smart surmises. (are those tracks even on the NASCAR circuit?)

He also notes the drive-in theater in Henderson, an hour away. Just how many Raleigh people have actually driven an hour to get to the Raleigh Road theatre??

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