You might be surprised how cities, big and small, ranked in North Carolina and South Carolina.
And just to be clear, not all big and small cities in NC and SC were ranked. So if an area you’re considering isn’t on the list….don’t worry.
So let’s talk about Carolina Best Places Business and Careers in 2013.
Although we see some relief in the unemployment statistics being published, some of the decrease in the rate is due to more and more Americans just giving up looking for a job.
Chances are you know at least one person unemployed when they would prefer to be working.
The “Recovery” has been anemic at best. Regardless of all the political hype in the news.
However, there are some places with strong business climates. Places that are showing real growth and bright futures.
Once again, it’s no surprise that North Carolina and South Carolina made it onto the Forbes’ list of Best Places for Business and Careers in 2013.
And it isn’t the first time North Carolina and South Carolina have made it onto the list. This is the 15th annual list. Back in 2009 I wrote about it. It’s interesting to see what Carolina Best Places are still on the list.
A total of 12 metrics were used to compile the list of Best Places. All 12 metrics related to job growth.
- past and projected
- costs (business and living)
- income growth over the past five years
- educational attainment (college and high school)
- projected economic growth through 2014
- migration patterns
- cultural and recreational opportunities
- number of highly ranked colleges in an area
The two areas receiving the most weighting in the overall ranking were business costs and educational attainment. If you are familiar with the Forbes annual report you’ll notice they dropped crime rates and added high school attainment.
For most of us looking for our best place to live in North Carolina and South Carolina, we’ve made a point of researching crime rates. Who doesn’t want lower crime?
I know you may say…
“Bob I don’t really care about the educated work force in the area!”
But wait just a minute and consider this.
Jerry Szatan, a site selection consultant based in Chicago says;
“Quality of life often is overemphasized compared to operating costs and conditions,Education measures are always good. One of the fundamental building blocks in economic development is smart people. ”
Interesting! Have you ever considered that?
2013 Best places were ranked based on three factors:
- Cost of doing business
- Job growth
- Educated work force
Forbes further complied two lists…
- The Best Large Cities for Business and Careers and
- The Best Small Cities for Business and Careers
Each list contained 200 Best Places in the United States.
Below are the North Carolina and South Carolina Best Places as noted on the Forbes list for the Best Large Cities. Remember these Best Places are just the North Carolina and South Carolina Best Large cities that were ranked.
North Carolina and South Carolina Best Large Cities Overall
Surprised at any of the results?
As with any statistics, I like to really take a look at what they mean for ME. While Overall Ranking may be great, if I want to find a job or start a business in my North Carolina or South Carolina Best Place I want to drill down deeper.
So next let’s take a look at the North Carolina and South Carolina Best Large Cities and their ranking in terms of job growth.
North Carolina and South Carolina Best Large Cities for Job Growth
- #28 Charleston SC
- #29 Raleigh NC
- #37 Fayetteville NC
- #46 Durham NC
- #51 Charlotte NC
- #104 Greenville SC
- #107 Asheville NC
- #109 Columbia SC
- #112 Spartanburg SC
- #142 Winston-Salem NC
- #154 Wilmington NC
- #175 Myrtle Beach SC
- #177 Greensboro NC
- #198 Hickory NC
If you’re looking for a job in North Carolina and South Carolina where would you be most likely to begin? In the #71 Overall Best Large City of Greensboro NC?
And what if you would like to start a business in your new best place? How about Greensboro NC then?
North Carolina and South Carolina Best Large Cities for Cost Of Doing Business
- #4 Greensboro NC
- #6 Hickory NC
- #13 Asheville NC
- #15 Wilmington NC
- #17 Fayetteville NC
- #18 Winston-Salem NC
- #31 Raleigh NC
- #59 Greenville NC
- #64 Durham NC
- #67 Columbia SC
- #72 Myrtle Beach SC
- #81 Spartanburg SC
- #90 Charlotte NC
- #124 Charleston SC
What’s interesting is that North Carolina and South Carolina in terms of Cost of Doing Business the Best Large Cities ranked in the Top 124.
As always, knowing what qualities your North Carolina and South Carolina best places must have for you is a #1 priority.
I’ll see you next week when we take a look at the North Carolina and South Carolina Best Small Cities for Business and Careers 2013.
See ya! Make it a great one. Until next time…
I’ll see You in the Carolinas!
Bob Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Bob researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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