Five Tar Heel cities named in ‘Best American City’ list

304 has dubbed Raleigh simply “the best American city.” The Tarheel State shone brightly in the report, with five cities placing in the top 46, including Raleigh being selected as the nation’s best city. Charlotte was ranked No. 20, while Greensboro was ranked No. 31, Durham No. 37and Winston-Salem No 46. based its rankings on 16 criteria, including the number of recreational amenities, strength of the local economy and the education level of the population. Raleigh edged out Arlington, Va., and Scottsdale, Ariz., for the top ranking.

In lavishing praise on Raleigh, the magazine mentioned the usual highlights, like Research Triangle Park (not in Raleigh, but close enough). Then there are three world-class universities – N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University – only one of which is physically in Raleigh.

Raleigh got bonus points for a great State Farmers Market and its good air quality. The city has also “been home to an array of celebs including Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, Dexter star Michael C. Hall, and singer Clay Aiken (whose dog was even named Raleigh).” Read More.