Forbes writers love us, they really love us.
The magazine ranked the Raleigh region as No. 2 on its list of America’s Best Cities For Young Professionals.
It's just the latest in a series of gushing plugs from Forbes in recent weeks, including a No. 1 ranking among the 50 Best Places for Business and Careers, and a No. 2 ranking on its list of the Next Big Boom Towns in the U.S.
For the Young Professionals list, Forbes reviewed 100 metropolitan areas by seven factors, including local unemployment rates, the median salaries for 24- to 34-year-old employed college graduates, and the percentage of the population aged 25 and older with college degrees in the area.
"With an abundance of colleges and universities in the area such as University of North Carolina and Duke University, and Research Triangle, a major center for high-tech and biotech research, more than 42% of the local population touts BA degrees, making it the most educated of the cities we looked at," Forbes wrote.
Ironically, the story doesn't mention N.C. State, the biggest university in Raleigh. That's certain to irk Wolfpack fans.
Des Moines came in at No. 1 on the Forbes list. Madison, Wis., was No. 3.
Such lists tend to become self-fulfilling. Making the lists helps attracts residents seeking jobs and businesses considering expansion, which also boosts the local economy. And politicians and economic development officials love using the lists when they market this region as a destination.