Forbes has analyzed the top 100 metropolitan areas to compose its list of America's Most Innovative Cities.
The list was based on the number of patents and amount of venture capital investment per capita along with the ratios of high-tech, science and "creative" jobs. Silicon Valley topped the list with cites including San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Cupertino that host technology juggernauts.
The number two and three spots may surprise a few. Austin edged out Raleigh for runner up. Austin hosts South by Southwest (SXSW), Dell, Freescale Semiconductor and an IBM research lab.
So the Triangle will have to settle for third which is not bad. Forbes noted the area's mix of academia and industry. The Triangle has its own substantial share of tech companies including Cisco, IBM and Lenovo benefiting from the near by colleges Duke, N.C. State and U.N.C.. The area recently topped Forbes' Most Wired list.
San Francisco was ranked fourth and Seattle settled into fifth.