Are you trying to find a great place to retire? The perfect city to move to now that you’re a college graduate? Or a city in which to get a new start during mid-life? Here’s one idea: Raleigh, NC.
What cities are best positioned to grow and prosper in the coming decade? Forbes and the Praxis Strategy Group did a study to determine the The Next Big Boom Towns In The U.S. and found Raleigh number 2.
They started with job growth, not only looking at performance over the past decade but also focusing on growth in the past two years. That was one-third of the score. The other two-thirds were made up of demographic factors, all weighted equally. These included rates of family formation, growth in educated migration, population growth and, finally, a broad measurement of attractiveness to immigrants as places to settle, make money and start businesses.
They focused on these demographic factors because college-educated migrants (who also tend to be under 30), new families and immigrants will be critical in shaping the future.
No. 2 Raleigh, N.C., has it all demographically: high rates of immigration and migration of educated workers and healthy increases in population and number of children. It are also an economic superstars, with job-creation records among the best in the nation.
So if you are looking for a fresh start, look for an apartment in Raleigh, NC.