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.