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Raleigh and Durham are Named Leading Technology Centers of America

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 06:07 AM

America's Most High-Tech Metro Areas

Raleigh and Durham named leading technology centers of America

The "Research Triangle Park" - made up of the three corners of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill - has made national news again. This time, Raleigh and Durham were both named in the top 10 most high-tech centers of America.

Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor at The Atlantic Cities, just Raleigh, NC Technology Companiesreleased an article detailing the top 10 most high-tech metro areas in America. Silicon Valley hit number 2, following behind Seattle, WA.

North Carolina is the only state (besides California with Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and San Diego) who can boast TWO cities in the top 10 ranking.

Here are the top 10 Most High-Tech Metro Areas of America:

1. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
4. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR
5. Austin-Round Rock, TX
6. Raleigh-Cary, NC
7. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
8. Durham, NC
9. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
10. Boulder, CO

These high-tech cities were ranked with a "Technology Index Score" based on:

 - patents per capita

 - average annual patent growth

 - concentration of technology companies in an area

Technology companies with a base in the Raleigh-Cary metro

The Raleigh-Cary area is packed with technology corporations - small and large. A few companies you may recognize include:

 - SAS

 - Red Hat

 - Cisco

 - Oracle

NC State University is a huge technology center in Raleigh, NC, as well.

Technology companies with a base in the Durham metro include:

Durham has its fair share of big-name tech companies, including:

 - Talecris

 - Quintiles

The technology companies in Durham have a range of functions, from medical research to computer coding. Duke University, located in Durham, NC, is a huge information resource for the area.

Read the full Atlantic Cities article here.

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