Raleigh Named Second Fastest-Growing City in America

Starkey LogoThe city of Raleigh was recently ranked No. 2 on FORBES’ annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. As part of the Research Triangle, the area offers its residents an exceptional quality of life. More and more Americans are realizing this fact and rushing to call the beautiful city of Raleigh home.

The state of North Carolina was ranked by FORBES as the fourth best state in the country for doing business, and it is evident that many companies agree with this ranking. The popular Research Triangle area is home to more than 170 companies, including IBM, Cisco and GlaxoSmithKline. The state’s relatively low cost of doing business is bringing even more businesses into the area, which is creating more jobs for local residents. In addition, the wider area is home to several major universities, including North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham.

This combination of job opportunities and educational institutions means that the local population is highly educated. Nearly half of the area’s residents aged 25 to 65 have a college degree, and many graduates choose to remain in the Research Triangle after they’ve completed their education.

According to FORBES, the influx of business to the region has caused Raleigh’s job rate to rise 2.44 percent year-over-year, while the population climbed an estimated 2.15 percent in 2013. This rise in the population helped the city of Raleigh to climb from its No. 4 spot on the 2013 list to the No. 2 spot on this year’s list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities.

“It’s exciting to be at Starkey Mortgage because we are positioned to execute in both the current and future market conditions,” said Jonathan Hayward, Regional Builder Services Manager, East Region. “We are engaged in hiring and opening new offices for future growth.”

If you are searching for the perfect location to call home, the city of Raleigh and the entire state of North Carolina are an excellent place to move. With great education opportunities, a low unemployment rate and a great quality of life, now is the time to make Raleigh your home.

For more information on obtaining a new home loan in North Carolina from Starkey Mortgage, please contact Debra Watt, senior vice president and regional manager (NMLSR #346277, NC License #I-149994) at 704-246-0132 or dwatt@starkeymtg.com.

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