Yahoo recently published their list of the top 15 up and coming cities.  Not only did Raleigh make the list but Durham did too!  Below is more information on what positive growth increases that our area offers.

Fastest Growing City-Change in Population, 2000-2008: 36.6%

While many parts of the country are experiencing high unemployment and a sluggish economy, the "research triangle" of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill has helped to boost the economy of North Carolina. A major contributor to the strong employment is Duke and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Many students to choose to stay in the area after graduation and as a result, the city has risen to first place by increase in population from 2000-2008.

3rd Biggest Increase in Wages:Change in Average Weekly Wage, December 2008 — December 2009: 9.5%

The Durham area also made the list with the 3rd biggest increase in wages. With almost a 10% increase in the average weekly wage from December of 2008 to the same time a year earlier, Durham has seen a population increase occur along with rising wages. With many cities struggling this is great news for residents, especially during a recession.

Yahoo based their findings by looking at unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, focusing on the three places with the most significant increases in employed persons, to find that the biggest gainer in the year up to last December improved their employment rate by only half a percentage point.

Other economic factors such as changes in wages and personal income were reviewed based on Census data to see what areas were showing economic growth and stability.

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