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America's Best Cities For Global Trade 2015

Raleigh, NC

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Written by Haylle Sok

RALEIGH, North Carolina
Population: 431,746
Unemployment: 5.1 percent
Top University: North Carolina State University

Having the distinction of being one of the country’s first planned cities, innovation pretty much seeps from this city’s bricks. For an example, look no farther than its Research Triangle Park (RTP), the nation’s largest research park and one of its most successful with more than 1,800 start-ups created since 1970. About 170 companies such as IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and BASF employ nearly 40,000 at the park. Cisco Systems, which already employees 4,600 at RTP, recently announced plans to add another 550.