Charlotte's National Rankings and Accolades

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2014

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



2009


No. 2 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs Sep 2009 of 50 large cities

No. 1 Metro for Economic Growth Potential Aug. 2009 Business Facilities of 10 metros

No. 10 America’s Best Cities Aug. 2009 of 100 large cities

No. 2 America’s Best Places to Move Jul 2009 Forbes.com of 25 cities

No. 8  Largest Airport Jul 2009 Airports.org of all cities

No. 9  Best Sports Cities Jul 2009  of 100 cities

No. 5 Mind Magnet / Youth Magnet City May 2009 Brookings Institution of 20 metros

No. 1 Corporate Aviation Support Apr. 2009 of 34 airports

No. 3 Best Economic Potential Apr. 2009 of 400 large cities

No. 3 Large City of the Future Apr. 2009  of 400 large cities

No. 9 Top North American Cities of the Future Apr. 2009  of 400 cities

No. 1 Top State for Data Centers Feb. 2009 GlobeSt.com of 10 states

No. 2  Manliest City Feb. 2009 Sperling’s Best Places of 50 metros

No. 2 Best Places to Start and Grow a Company Feb. 2009 bizjournals.com of 100 metros

No. 1 State With the Largest and Fastest-Growing Immigrant Population Jan. 2009 Migration Policy Institute of 50 states

No. 3 Most Popular Move Destination Jan. 2009 United Van Lines of 100 metros

#3  Most Popular Move Destination Jan 2009 United Van Lines (of 100 Metros)