Are Raleigh Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill in competition with each other?

There’s no doubt about it: the Triangle area of ​​central North Carolina is one of the best places to live in the US. Numerous surveys and studies have shown this over many years. I was reading a local Durham blog called Bull City Rising which prompted me to write this post. The blog raises an interesting point: do we feel we have to compete with other towns and cities within the Triangle to be able to say our city is the best? Some people are quick to say that Cary and Raleigh are better than Durham, but Durham has also had a lot of brakes on it and most Durham residents will tell you that Durham has more character than either Raleigh or Cary.

In asking Triangle residents, I found that most people strongly believe that where they live is the best place in the Triangle. Cary, Downtown Raleigh (aka Inside the Beltline), Chapel Hill, Durham, Apex, Holly Springs were mentioned.

While there are some people who say their city or town is better by speaking negatively of other Triangle cities, the bottom line is positive. People like living here, a lot. Residents have different criteria about what makes a city the best place to live: walkability, schools, crime data, restaurants, local businesses, percentage of residents with a college education, parks and recreation, universities, golf, proximity to health care are all commonly used criteria when people choose to live in the Triangle.

The best part of being in the Triangle is that within a 30 to 45 minute drive you have a variety of options of where you want to live and where you can play. He lives close to work and plays on the weekends. Live in the country and be 40 minutes from RDU Airport. Live in the city and go to a great bed and breakfast for the weekend and it’s less than 1 hour away. Play golf at a different location every week throughout the summer. Drive to the beaches or mountains of North Carolina in 3 hours.

So does Raleigh-Cary compete with Durham-Chapel Hill? No. We’re on the same team, but it’s that healthy competitive spirit that makes every city proud.

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