The Triangle routinely makes so many "best of" lists, it gets a bit repetitive.
So it's noteworthy that a new list doesn't give us much to brag about. Forbes.com's "Best Bang for the Buck Cities" puts this region at No. 21, behind places like Omaha, Neb.; Des Moines, Iowa; Wichita, Kan.; and Syracuse, N.Y.
The list ranks top metropolitan areas with solid housing markets, stable employment, affordable cost of living and quick commutes.
Omaha came in at No. 1, followed by Little Rock, Ark., and Jackson, Miss.
"These are sleepy little markets that have fallen under the radar screen in terms of turbulence in housing," says Kermit Baker, a senior researcher at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. "They didn't go through much of a boom or bust."
The Greensboro-High Point area came in at No. 30 and Charlotte was No. 56.
The list used data including foreclosures as a percentage of home prices, vacancies, unemployment rates, a three-year job growth forecast, a three-year home price forecast, housing affordability, median real estate taxes and median travel time to work.
Read the full list here.