Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Durham Accolades for 2007

Durham is one of 34,000 “places” in the US (1,237 over 25,000 population, one of 254 cities 100,000+, one of 3,140 counties, and the principal city in one of 361 MSAs). There are communities that rank higher in a category or two, but Durham is one of a handful that consistently rank high across so many different aspects in a given year. Below are some of the accolades Durham received during the past year either as a community or as the core community for a four-county MSA.
  • #2 Best Green Cities For Lifestyle and Quality of Life – Country Home
  • #3 Best Small City for Relocating Families - World ERC and Primacy Relocation
  • #6 for bird counting lists submitted – Great Backyard Bird Count
  • #7 for Business and Careers - Forbes
  • #15 Best Place to Live in the USA - Bert Sperling’s City’s Ranked & Rated
  • #16 Best Green Places (overall) in America - Country Home
  • #26 City Where Business Opportunity Is Greatest For Growing Companies -
  • #37 Best Walking City - Prevention
  • #45 Hottest Business market in the Country - Inc. Magazine
  • 100 Best Communities for Young People - America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth
  • 100 Best Communities for Music Education - American Music Conference
  • Top Ten Tech Town - Wired
  • Tree City USA for 24th year - National Arbor Day Foundation
  • Top 20 MSA in the nation (only one in N.C.) ranked as Best Places to Educate Your Child - Forbes
  • #1 MSA for College graduation rate among select national tech-focused MSAs - Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel
  • #1 MSA in the nation for percentage of workforce in the “Creative Class” - Catalytix
  • #1 MSA for least excessive drinking and alcohol-related problems - Men’s Health Magazine
  • #3 MSA for Fast Cities (when combined with another MSA and compared back to individual MSAs) - Fast Company
  • #3 MSA for African-Americans to Work, Live and Play (when combined with another MSA and compared back to individual MSAs) – Black Enterprise
For all Durham accolades, click here.

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