Charlotte's National Rankings and Accolades

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2015

No. 18 Cities With the Most Efficient Spending on Education Feb. 2015 WalletHub.com of 90 cities

No. 1 Highest Percentage of Women in IT Workforce by State Feb. 2015 NCTA of states

No. 24 Most Popular Domestic Cities for American Travelers Jan. 2015 Hotels.com of 50 U.S. cities

No. 9 Fastest-Growing Cities Jan. 2015 Forbes of 100 metro areas

No. 4 Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing the Best Economically Jan. 2015 Forbes of 52 largest metro areas

No. 19 Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals Jan. 2015 WalletHub.com of 100 MSAs

No. 23 Best Performing Cities Jan. 2015 Milken Institute of 200 MSAs

No. 3 Top Moving Destinations Jan. 2015 United Van Lines of all states

 

2014

No. 4 Most Affordable Destinations for 2015 Dec. 2014 Priceline.com of 15 cities

No. 9 Most Populous States Dec. 2014 U.S. Census Bureau of all states

No. 30 Most Livable Cities for People Age 35 and Younger Dec. 2014 Vocativ of 35 cities

No. 1 Most Entrepreneurial Cities Dec. 2014 Global Trade Magazine of 50 cities

Top 50 Cities for Global Trade Dec. 2014 Global Trade Magazine

No. 2 Fastest-Growing Big Cities in the U.S. Dec. 2014 U.S. Census Bureau of 34 cities

No. 3 Best States for Business Nov. 2014 Forbes of all states

No. 7 U.S. Markets to Watch in 2014 Nov. 2014 Urban Land Institute of 75 cities

No. 3 Top State Business Climates Nov. 2014 Site Selection magazine of all states

No. 3 Best States for Business Oct. 2014 Development Counsellors International of all states

No. 3 America’s Top 5 Cities to Keep on Your Radar Oct. 2014 Huffington Post of cities

No. 1 Best Big City Bargains Sept. 14 Money Magazine of cities with 500,000+ population

No. 1 Most Competitive Large-Size Airports Sept. 14 Air Transport Research Society of 200 airports

No. 2 Most Efficient Large-Size Airports Sept. 14 Air Transport Research Society of 200 airports

No. 6 Fastest Growing Metros by GDP Sept. 14 Bureau of Economic Analysis of 381 MSAs

No. 4 U.S. Cities Attracting the Most Families Sept. 14 Forbes of 52 largest MSAs

No. 8 Top States for Doing Business Sept. 14 Area Development Magazine of all states

No. 39 Leading Locations Sept. 14 Area Development Magazine of 379 MSAs

No. 4 Best Domestic Airports Aug. 2014 Travel + Leisure of U.S. airports

No. 3 Fastest Growing States for Technology Jobs Aug. 2014 Dice.com of all states

No. 7 Top Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods - Sedgefield Aug. 2014 Redfin of 10 neighborhoods

No. 12 Best Places for Business July 2014 Forbes of 200 largest metro areas

No. 43 Hardest Working Cities July 2014 MyLife.com of 200 most populous cities

No. 2 Best Places for Families to Live July 2014 ZipRealty of 23 metro areas

No. 4 Cities You Wouldn’t Expect for Tech July 2014 Verigent of U.S. states

No. 11 States Ranked by Food/Drink July 2014 Thrillist of U.S. states

No. 5 Top States for Business June 2014 CNBC of U.S. states

No. 20 Best Small Business Cities May 2014 Biz2Credit of largest metropolitan areas

No. 5 Cities With Most Courteous Drivers May 2014 AutoVantage of 25 metropolitan areas

No. 4 Best Cities for Starting an Online Business May 2014 HighSpeedInternet.com of U.S. cities

No. 4 Best States for Business May 2014 Chief Executive Magazine of all U.S. states

No. 18 Best Cities to Start a Business May 2014 Nerdwallet.com of 50 largest U.S. cities

No. 9 Best Cities to Start a Career May 2014 Wallethub.com of 150 largest U.S. cities

No. 14 Best Big Cities for Jobs April 2014 Forbes of largest U.S. metro areas

No. 18 Best Cities for Millennials April 2014 Forbes / Niche.com of 25 metro areas

No. 2 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates April 2014 Apartments.com of 100 cities with highest apartment availability

No. 4 Most Cost-Friendly Business Locations March 2014 KPMG of 31 largest U.S. metro areas

No. 3 Fastest Statewide Growth in Women-Owned Businesses March 2014 American Express OPEN of all states

No. 8 Fastest Growing Cities March 2014 CNNmoney.com of U.S. metro areas

No. 1 Best Cities for High Pay and Low Expenses March 2014 Yahoo Finance of 60 U.S. cities

No. 18 Best Cities to Find a Job March 2014 Wallethub.com of 60 U.S. cities

Top 20 Best Places for Homeownership in N.C. March 2014 Nerdwallet.com of N.C. cities and towns

No. 29 Most Popular Domestic Cities for American Travelers March 2014 Hotels.com of 50 U.S. cities

No. 8 Fastest Growing Cities Feb. 2014 Forbes of 100 most populous metro areas

No. 4 Most Affordable (and Fastest Growing) Cities Jan. 2014 Cheapism.com of U.S. cities

No. 10 Happiest Cities to Work In Jan. 2014 Career Bliss of metro areas

No. 3 Opportunity Cities Jan. 2014 Yahoo.com of metro areas of 1 million plus in population

No. 5 Best Places for Job Seekers Jan. 2014 Nerdwallet.com of 50 large cities

 

2013

No. 27 Best Performing Cities Dec. 2013 Milken Insitute of 200 metro areas

No. 27 Best Cities for People Under 35 Nov. 2013 Vocativ of 35 cities

Top 10 Best Cities for Foodies Oct. 2013 CreditDonkey of all cities

No. 4 Best City for Jobs for Fall 2013 Sept. 2013 Forbes Small Business / CNN Money.com of 100 cities

No. 7 Top Cities for Small Business Aug. 2013 Nerdwallet.com of 20 largest cities

No. 5 Top State for Business July 2013 Area Development Special Magazine of all states

No. 12 Top State for Business July 2013 CNBC of all states

No. 2 Best Airport for Making Connections June 2013 Travel Leaders Group of U.S. airports

No. 4 Fastest Growing City Since Recession June 2013 Forbes.com of all cities

Top 10 Speediest Major Airport June 2013 USA Today of commercial airports

No. 5 Most Installed Solar Power Generation Capacity June 2013 SNL Energy of all states

Top 10 Best Cities for Newlyweds June 2013 Rent.com of all cities

No. 32 Most STEM Jobs June 2013 Brookings Institute of 100 largest metro areas

No. 8 Best City for Jobs May 2013 Forbes.com of 398 large metro areas

Top 10 Big Booming Cities May 2013 CNNmoney.com of all cities

No. 2 Happiest City for Job-Seeking College Graduates May 2013 Career Bliss of U.S. cities

No. 9 Most Job Openings per Capita May 2013 Beyond.com of 50 cities

No. 1 Best Employee Engagement Apr. 2013 Forbes of 10 cities

No. 11 Top Boomtown Apr. 2013 Bloomberg of all large metro areas

No. 5 Fastest Growing Metro 2000-2012 Mar. 2013 U.S. Census of 52 largest metro areas

No. 7 Spring Break Destination for Families Mar. 2013 Livability.com of 500 cities

No. 14 Most Energy-Star Buildings Mar. 2013 Energy Star of 25 metro areas

No. 50 Best Part-Time Degree Program Mar. 2013 U.S. News and World Report of 325 MBA programs

No. 2 Most Desirable Place to Purchase a Home Feb. 2013 Nerdwallet.com of 25 largest cities

Top 10 Best City for Urban Forests Feb. 2013 American Forests of 50 largest cities

No. 6 Hot Cities for IT Jobs in 2013 Jan. 2013 Modis, Inc. of 10 cities

No. 9 Top Moving Destination Jan. 2013 Penske Truck Rental of all cities

No. 35 Best Performing Cities Jan. 2013 Milken Institute of 200 metro areas

 

2012

No. 27 Economic Recoveries Dec. 2012 Brookings of 100 metro areas

No. 1 Top State Business Climates Nov. 2012 Site Selection Magazine of 25 states

No. 4 Best States for Business Nov. 2012 Forbes.com of 50 states

No. 5 Top State for Doing Business  Oct. 2012 Area Development Special Magazine of 50 states

No. 1 Most Entrepreneurial Cities Aug. 2012 GlobalTrade Magazine of 50 cities

No. 3 Best Market to be Looking for a Technology Job July 2012 Simply Hired of 100 markets

No. 4 Top State For Business July 2012 CNBC of 50 states

No. 2 Best Airport Apr. 2012  Travel + Leisure of 22 major airports

No. 5 Frequent Flier Favorite Apr. 2012 Trip Advisor of U.S. airports

No. 8 Clean Job Announcements, Q1 2010 Apr. 2012 e2.org of 50 states

No. 1 Largest Population Increase (%) 2000-2010 Mar. 2012  U.S. Census of 42 urbanized areas of 1M+

No. 4 Fastest-Growing Job Market 2011 Mar. 2012 Urbanophile of 51 large MSAs

No. 5 Most Women-Owned Businesses Mar. 2012 American Business Journals of 50 states

No. 5 Overall Well-Being Mar. 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of 190 large MSAs

No. 1 Top Library for Children (ImaginOn) Feb. 2012 Liveability.com of 500 children’s libraries

No. 1 Best Online Business Graduate Program (Gardner-Webb) Jan. 2012 U.S. News and World Report of 160 programs

 

2011

No. 3 Best Metro Area Investments for Real Estate Nov. 2011 Urban Land Institute of 18 metros less than 2 million

No. 1 Lowest Violent Crime Rate Oct. 2011 Forbes.com of 50 largest metros

No. 1 Top Urban School District (CMS) Sept. 2011 The Broad Foundation of 75 School Districts

No. 1 Happiest Young Professionals Sept. 2011 Forbes of 20 cities

No. 1 Major Market of the Year Sept. 2011 Southern Business & Development

No. 2  Manliest City Sept. 2011 Bestplaces.net of 50 large cities

No. 1 Least Expensive City for Business Travel Aug. 2011 Concur Technologies of 25 cities

No. 2  Best Value City July 2011 Kiplinger.com of 353 MSAs

No. 8 Next Biggest Boom Town Jul 2011 Forbes of 52 largest metros

No. 14  Creative Cities Jul 2011 Creativecities.org of 35 cities

No. 14 Vitality Index Jul 2011 Creative Cities International of 35 cities

No. 1 Most Profitable Biotech Industry Jun 2011 Ernst & Young 
of 50 states

No. 2 Lowest Manufacturing Costs Jun 2011 American Institute for Economic Research of 50 states

No. 3  Top State for Business Jun 2011 CNBC of 50 states

No. 4 Family Hotspot Jun 2011 of 50 largest regions

No. 5 Most Desirable Place to do Business Jun 2011 Area Development Special Magazine of 100 cities

Top 4 Gold Medal Community Jun 2011 National Recreation and Park Association of all large counties

No. 1 Home Price Increase May 2011 Bankrate.com of 152 MSAs

No. 2 Top State for Business May 2011 Chief Executive.net of 
50 states

No. 4 Top Competitive States May 2011 Site Selection of 50 states

No. 7 Highest Wages May 2011 American Business Journals of 144 Southern MSAs

No. 10 Economic Growth May 2011 American Business Journals of 50 states

Top 10 Great City for New Graduates May 2011 Kiplinger.com of U.S. cities

Top 10 Best Economic Development Group May 2011 Site Selection of 15,000 economic development groups

No. 8 Business Friendliness Apr. 2011 fDi Magazine of 405 large cities

No. 2 FDI Strategy Apr. 2011 fDi Magazine of 405 large cities

No. 5 Economic Potential Apr. 2011 fDi Magazine of 405 large cities

No. 3 Potential to Attract Foreign Investments Apr. 2011 fDi Magazine of 400 large cities

No. 3 City of the Future Apr. 2011 fDi Magazine of 405 large cities

No. 4 Best for Small Business Apr. 2011 American City Business Journals of 100 large cities

No. 4 Best Place to Start a Small Business Apr. 2011 American Business Journals of 100 metros

No. 5 Best Overall Health Apr. 2011 Countyhealthrankings.org of 100 N.C. counties

No. 14 Fastest Growing Metro Apr. 2011 Rice University of 353 MSAs

Top 11 Comeback City for 2011 Apr. 2011 Kiplinger.com of all cities

No. 1 Largest County  Mar. 2011 U.S. Census of 50 counties

Top 16 Best Places To Retire Mar. 2011 Forbes of all cities

No. 9  Best Housing Recovery Bet Feb. 2011 CNNmoney.com of 
381 housing markets

No. 11  Best Shopping Cities Jan. 2011 of 25 cities

No. 13 Highest Technology and Science Index Jan. 2011 Milken Institute of 50 states

 

2010

No. 1 Top State Business Climates Nov. 2010 of 25 states

No. 1 Best Place for Companies to Thrive Nov. 2010 of 50 states

No. 3 Best Community Colleges Oct. 2010  of 50 community colleges

No. 3 Best States for Business Oct. 2010 Forbes.com of 50 states

No. 4 Change in Employment, Q409-Q110 Sep 2010 Brookings Institute of 100 metros

No. 15 College Destination Index Sep 2010 American Institute 
for Economic Research of 20 mid-sized metros

No. 3 Economic Health Aug. 2010 Tampa Bay Partnership of 6 Southeast regions

No. 5 Economic Growth Potential Aug. 2010 of 10 metros

No. 5 Workforce Training Leaders Aug. 2010 of 50 states

No. 6  Best Business Climate Aug. 2010 of 50 states

No. 1 Best Airport Jul 2010 International Air Transport Association of all airports

No. 5 Best City for Education Jul 2010 Parenting.com of 10 cities

No. 14  Top Sustainable Metros Jul 2010 of MSAs

No. 11 Economic Strength Ranking May 2010 Policom Corporation of 366 MSAs

Top 10 Best Economic Development Group May 2010 of 15,000 economic development groups

No. 7 Top Places to Live Apr. 2010 Relocate-America.com of 100 cities

No. 4  Best Affordable Suburbs Mar. 2010 Businessweek of 52 cities

No. 8 Largest Rent Decrease Over Year Mar. 2010 of 26 metros

Top 10 Places to go From Renting to Owning Home Jan. 2010  of 42 metros