Orange County Economic Development

Area Awards & Accolades

It’s hard to miss the tremendous number of accolades North Carolina (and the Triangle in particular) receives on a regular basis. Made up of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, our Triangle area seems to consistently place among the very best on almost every list out there. Look closely, and you’ll see that Orange County is right there in the mix. For example, Chapel Hill, with its approximate 55,000 residents, has been named:

One of the Top Ten Best Places to Start a Business
(Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2009)

One of the Best Places to Raise Children
(Business Week, December 2010)

One of the Best Places to Live
(Money Magazine, July 2010)

One of America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations
(AmericanStyle Magazine, September 2010)

Most Livable City in America (for fare-free transit system)
(Mayors’ City Livability Awards Program, 2009)

The list goes on and on. More awards >>

And because we’re central within the state, you may want to note the following North Carolina accolades as well.

One look, and Orange County, North Carolina, quickly illuminates itself as a top choice for both optimal business growth…and easy living.

#1 Top Business Climate in 2010
(Site Selection Magazine, November 2010)

#3 Best State for Business
(, October 2010)

#3 Hospitality Job Growth
(U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2010)

#4 Top State for Business
(CNBC, July 2010)

#2 Best State for Business
(Chief Executive, May 2010)

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