Raleigh’s on a hot streak for national recognition to start 2024

Raleigh has been placed highly on multiple publications’ lists that rank it among the top cities in the US for real estate, local business, and more earning the City of Oaks national recognition.

A ton of people walking on Fayetteville Street with vendors lining the streets.

Raleigh landed second on the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities list.

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It’s no secret that Raleigh is climbing the ladder, and these national publications in charge of rankings, lists, and competitions seem to agree. Check out all the national recognition + headlines Raleigh and the Tar Heel State have made in 2024 from large-scale publications, proving we’re No. 1.


The NC State Belltower.

NC State University ranked as the No. 5 best college in NC.

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Real Estate

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, these publications are putting Raleigh on the map.

A private dining rendering at Tamasha Modern Indian.

Tamasha opened on Friday, Feb. 9 and is trending on Google.

Rendering provided by Tamasha Modern Indian


Along with national rankings, we also have a few trending stories to celebrate.

  • WalletHub named NC as the No. 15 best place for single folks.
  • NC ranked No. 6 on WalletHub’s list of the best states to drive in.
  • The 2024 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced with Ajja, Crawford and Son, Preeti Waas, and Bittersweet all earning recognition.
  • Savannah Miller, the chef de cuisine of M Tempura in Durham, will compete on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 21. Manuel Barella, culinary director for the soon-to-open Jaguar Bolera, will also be a competitor on the show which premieres on March 20.
  • As of Friday, Feb. 9, Tamasha Modern Indian was trending in Raleigh on Google... probably due to its highly anticipated weekend grand opening.