Raleigh and Durham were rated as the second best place in the country to live according to a ranking by US News & World Report.

Boulder, Colorado, was ranked number one.

It’s a bit curious that Raleigh and Durham were ranked as one city, and the article adds in Chapel Hill, stating, “Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and college rivalries.  This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring new residents every day with strong job growth and high quality of life.”

You have to go down to the 94th best place to live to find Greensboro.

According to US News & World Report, “Greensboro, North Carolina is one of those places that’s big enough to have everything you need but small enough for you to regularly bump into people you know.  People who live here love it and say they have no reason to leave.  Those who do leave often return home to Greensboro to raise their families.”

The report also notes, “Locals can spend a day in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west or head east for a beach weekend.”

And it adds, “There is no shortage of arts, entertainment, recreation, shopping and restaurants to keep locals busy.  Greensboro is home to a large hospital, public parks and gardens.  A range of neighborhoods offer a diverse array of homes to satisfy different tastes, and a strong sense of community makes North Carolina’s third-largest metro area feel like a small town where residents are neighborly.

According to the data, Greensboro ranks 61st in Best Places to Retire, 6th in Best Places to Live in North Carolina and 8th in Most Dangerous Places.

Other cities in North Carolina that the report ranked higher than Greensboro were  Charlotte at 20th, Winston-Salem at 46th, Asheville at 48th and Hickory at 52nd.

Fayetteville ranked 142nd on the list.