The Triangle has garnered more than its share of national accolades in the quality-of-life and business-climate categories over the years.
Now Businessweek.com has dubbed Raleigh as simply "the best American city."
Of course you already knew that if you live here, but it's been a tough slog proving Raleigh's merits to your hip friends in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and Durham.
Now we have Businessweek.com to back us up. Based on a slew of standards that matter to real people, Raleigh edged out Arlington, Va., and Scottsdale, Ariz., for the top ranking.
If you're one of those people who thinks of New York and Chicago as great America cities, think again. The Big Apple ranked 14th in Businessweek.com's list; The Second City pulled up the rear, in 75th place.
What makes Raleigh so great? How about "a wealth of culture, entertainment, good schools, low crime, and plenty of green space?"
The magazine ranking included the usual measures, like Research Triangle Park (not technically in Raleigh, but close enough). Then there are three world-class universities -- N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke -- only one of which is physically in Raleigh.
Raleigh got bonus points for a great State Farmers Market and clean air quality.
Businessweek.com also counted 867 restaurants, 110 bars, 51 museums and 12,512 park acres.
That's right: 51 museums. That's one museum a week for an entire year, with a weekend to spare.