Friday, February 28, 2014 / by Phil Slezak
#2 Raleigh, N.C.
Metro Population: 1,169,000
Projected Annual Job Growth: 2.9%
The net migration rate to Raleigh was second highest in the U.S. over the past 5 years as the area added 116,500 more people than it lost. The population has doubled in the past 2 decades.
New York-based research firm Ipreo was looking to expand into a new office, the company searched nation-wide for the perfect location. “The primary goal was access to talent,” says O’Hara Macken, an EVP and managing director, “and the [Research] Triangle was our top choice in the U.S.” Ipreo, which provides data, software, and intelligence to the capital markets and public companies, opened an outpost in Raleigh, N.C. last year. It moved 70 employees from New York and Bethseda, Md., hired 80 locals, and plans to hire 100 more.