Raleigh returns to the No. 1 spot in Forbes' annual list of the 50 Best Places for Business and Careers.
Des Moines, which unseated Raleigh last year for the top spot, dropped to No. 2, followed by Provo, Utah; Lexington, Kent.; and Fort Collins, Colo.
Forbes cited the Raleigh area's proximity to the big three Triangle universities: N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill and Duke. It also noted this region's low business costs, strong job growth and smart workforce.
Among other Tar Heel cities on Forbes list, Charlotte was No. 22, Asheville was No 24 and Durham was No. 31.
The Triangle frequently ranks high on such lists, which economic boosters use when they market this region to businesses considering expansion. Such lists also lure more job seekers, which boosts the local economy.
Read the full Forbes report online here.
Also this week, CNBC ranked North Carolina at No. 3 of its annual list of the best states for business. Read more on that report here.