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Top 30 North Carolina tourist attractions

The Triangle once again dominates the list of North Carolina’s most visited historic tourist attractions in 2016.  You don’t want to miss these!

In the top 30, four attractions are in Raleigh, with one each in Durham and Chapel Hill.

The top tourist attraction, for the third year in a row, is in Raleigh. The Biltmore in Asheville had long been at the top since the list began 13 years ago, but is no longer counted among the popular attractions because it stopped reporting attendance totals.

See:   https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/03/07/top-30-north-carolina-tourist-attractions.html     for the slideshow.

The list is compiled by Carolina Publishing & Associates.

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Triangle has 2 of the healthiest housing markets in U.S.

We’re happy to publish this article telling us that the triangle’s housing market is strong.

Durham barely inched out Raleigh in a new study of the healthiest housing markets in the U.S. – both cities placed in the top 15.

The study, done by SmartAsset, measures each housing market by its stability, risk, fluidity (ease of sale) and affordability. Based on those primary factors, Durham was assigned a healthiest markets index score of 82.71, ranking No. 14 nationally, and Raleigh came in a shade under that at 81.21, taking the No. 15 spot.

Both cities performed among the top in the country in several metrics, including the average percentage of homes with negative equity in which both had less than 10 percent and the percentage of homes decreasing in value, both coming in around the 5 percent mark.

Nationwide, it was Texas that took the top two spots: Plano was No. 1 with a healthiest markets index score of 100, followed by Arlington, with 95.21.  Rounding out the top five were Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a score of 93.84; Pittsburgh (89.36) and Fremont, California (89.04).

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U.S. News ranks Raleigh-Durham the 7th best place to live, Charlotte is No. 14

This article says Raleigh-Durham area is luring nearly 80 new residents a day – unbelievable!

U.S. News and World Report has a new list of the 100 best places to live in the U.S., and “Raleigh-Durham” is No. 7.

The new list rates the Triangle above Charlotte, which took the No. 14 spot. Winston-Salem is No. 37, and Greensboro picked up spot No. 51.

Austin, Texas, was named as the best place to the U.S., according to U.S. News. Denver and San Jose, Calif., rounded out the top three.

The publication examined 100 of the largest U.S. metro areas to find the best places to live. The top areas were rated on best quality of life, value and people’s desire to live there.

U.S. News author Chika Gujarathi said that Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries, and are luring nearly 80 new residents each day with strong job growth and a high quality of life.

“Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated,” Gujarathi said. “They enjoy dining out in local restaurants – many of which have earned national accolades – and gathering over craft beers in one of the region’s many microbreweries.”

Gujarathi also pointed out that Raleigh-Durham has a strong sense of community, and the people who live in the area are friendly. She also said the green spaces surrounding the towns, family-friendly museums and growing art and music scenes make a strong case for the area.

In the U.S. News list, Charlotte is described by author Lauren Levine as a standalone destination area now, no longer living in the shadow of Atlanta or Charleston, S.C.

BY CHRIS CIOFFI, Newsobserver.com