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The Best Place to Move in North Carolina

Updated on February 23, 2015

The EPA Research Triangle Park Campus


Number One -- The Economic Advantage of Technology Advancement

Two cities in North Carolina have been recognized on the list of American suburbs that are the Best 25 Places to Move for work in the USA. determined this list in July 2009 and found these cities to have the highest percentages of residents moving in from other states and countries. Apex NC is Number 3 on the list, Cary NC is Number 8, only 7 miles apart and a short distance from State Route 1 near Raleigh NC.

Cary, North Carolina is expected to continue population and land area growth from 2009 - 2020s. This estimate by federal, state, and local givernments and economic development agencies is founded on the facts that Cary 1) is near Apex NC (an even faster-growing Raleigh suburb), and 2) its proximity to the Research Triangle of North Carolina and specifically, the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park and its nearly 200 companies. While many of the companies are high-tech and aide in developing emerging technologies, industries, and new jobs; other of these companies are retail and service originated. In fact, the Research Triangle Park enjoys its own commercial district, just as the Pentagon in Washington DC offers an onsite shopping mall. Further, a specialized cuisine in the Research Triangle has given rise to celebrity chefs publishing cookbooks and participating in Cable TV cooking shows.

The Research Triangle includes the large metro areas of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill NC, from east to west, and the smaller cities of Cary and Apex from east to southwest. Cary is within roughly 30 miles of any of the other cities mentioned. All of these areas have increased in population size in the 1990s and 2000s, with Apex and Cary on the Forbes list of the 25 Best Places to Move for work at Numbers 3 and 8, respectively. A majority of the local populations of both Cary and Apex were born in either a different state or a different country, and people continue to migrate into the area.

Apex Union Depot train station, built in 1912.
Apex Union Depot train station, built in 1912. | Source

Given continued growth in the Research Triangle Region (RTR) through the 2010s and 2020s, the area encompassing the five cities mentioned above will bcome a large designated metroplex.

This type of development has occurred similarly in Ohio in the Ohio Space Corridor that extends from Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky upward through Dayton, Fairborn, and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Workers commute from as far away as one end of the Spacce Corridor to the other; the same is likely to occur in the Research Triangle.

Cary NC supports a growing population of over 117,000 residents, as of 2012. The largest driving force for Apex growth is decidely the Research Triangle Park. It helped to quadruple the population of Apex from 1900 - 2000 alone. As the largest research park in the US, set within the 8 counties of the RTR. it celebrated its 50th anniversary in early 2009. The Research Triangle has been recognized by as the Number 1 Best Place for Business & Careers in the US, according to the RTF website (see employment link below).

Greater Raleigh Area

This is an old map of the area from the former Chapel Hill Transit, which became Triangle Transit in February 2009.
This is an old map of the area from the former Chapel Hill Transit, which became Triangle Transit in February 2009. | Source

Research Triangle Region

At the end of the 2000s, Research Triangle Park was approximately 40 years old or older. The anchor company of this park and the Research Triangle Region is the SAS Institute, the internationally known statistical programming and software business leader. SAS programs are used in statistical analyses and educational classes at nearly every college and university in America, as well as in government and private business. These programs are constantly upgraded to provide the most accurate and revealing results in analysis.

Raleigh NC surrounds the Research Triangle Region (RTR) on the north and east sides. Research Triangle Park and Morrisville surround the RTR on the north and west sides. Apex and Holly Springs NC lie at the south border of the RTR and is on the western border. Cary NC is near the center of the region, largely in Wake County, with a portion of the city in Chatham County.

Research Triangle Park Companies

In addition to the SAS Institute, numerous additional research and business leaders grace the park -over 170 companies total. Just a few of them include IBM, Cisco, the EPA, Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology. Bayer CropScience, Clean Design, Credit Suisse, KidsNation, Radisson Hotel. and New Voices Foundation.

  • During September 2013, over 63,500 job listings were posted at any one time here.
  • During December 2013, this total reached a total of over 167,000 job openings.

Federal Projections of Fast-Growing Jobs to 2018

The federal and state governments estimate the following jobs to increase rapidly, bu greater percentages, than other job in and around the capital of Raleigh, in Wake and Johnson Counties. This includes Apex and Cary and the Research Triangle.

Entries in bold print indicate jobs that are consistently showing up in actual listings.

  1. Personal/Home Care Aides 79.33% growth to 2018
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Computer Applciations Software Engineers 59.53
  4. Home Health Aides (HHAs) 51.89
  5. Construction Laborers 38.85
  6. Business Operations Specialists 38.09
  7. Landscaping/Groundskeeping Workers 34.12
  8. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers 34.59
  9. Child Care Workers 34.52
  10. First-line Supervisors/Mgrs in Construction Trades 33.80
  11. Carpenters 33.44
  12. Customer Service Representatives 31.81
  13. Food Preparation and Service 31.35
  14. Teacher's Assistants 30.77
  15. Accountants/ Auditors 30.43 - especially Forensic Accounting
  16. Janitors & Cleaners, except housekeepers and maids

Leading Companies Posting Jobs

  1. Duke University
  2. Duke Nursing
  3. Harris Teeter
  4. WakeMed
  5. WakeMed Health & Hospitals
  6. University of NC at Chapel Hill
  7. Bayada Nurses
  8. Food Lion
  9. North Carolina State University
  10. Robert Half Technology
  11. IBM
  12. Rex Healthcare
  13. Talecris Biotherapeutics
  14. Cybercoders
  15. Affiliated Computer Services (ACS)

Most Frequently Seen Job Listings

  1. Project Managers (IT)
  2. Dentists
  3. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  4. Network Engineers
  5. Software Developers
  6. Dental Hygienists
  7. Front Desk - Dental practices.
  8. Physical Therapists
  9. Sales Representatives
  10. Software Engineers
  11. Store Managers
  12. Account Executives
  13. Technical Writers
  14. Oracle Dbas
  15. Java Developers

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks Pollyanna -

      The first 16 are the govt projections, which do not seem to be matching jobs listings do they? - except for three; and in the top 10 of these 16, there are indeed low paying jobs. It will be interesting to see the next list this year or next. and do the best job of gathering all the postings from everywhere on the Internet, so I suggest people to check those search engines regularly for jobs in North and South Carolina.

      Thanks again; your comments add perspective.

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      The first 16 look to be low paying jobs and will no doubt go to illegal immigrants of which we have some of the largest numbers of in America I think would be an educated guess, except for the bold print ones that is. Really when it looks like many jobs are being filled here in North Carolina where I have lived for over twenty years it is not exactly what it looks like. Almost all my friends and many acquaintances have had to leave the state or retrain for another job. Certain people such as my son, being a technical writer would have no problem finding employment anywhere but I hope people can see both sides of the coin thinking they will find what they may not.

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      bmonoski 7 years ago

      It is the state to go to. I wrote some things about N.C. as well.

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      Bukan 7 years ago from India, Kolkata

      Information From North Carolina is the good one, from this hub the new one should know how much jobs are located at Nort Carolina. Thanks Nice Post

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Check your state on and and check the jobs listed on the website for the Research Triangle and the Universities (links are in the article). Let us know what you find.

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      amulets 7 years ago from Singapore

      I am a Chemical Engineer so wondering if there is a job employment in North Carolina. Thanks for your Hub. At least it gives me an idea about the jobs in North Caroline.