Charlotte's National Rankings and Accolades

2016

No 1. Top Tech Momentum Markets July 2016 CBRE Group of 50 metro areas

No. 4 Top States for Summer Roadtrips June 2016 WalletHub of states

No. 11 Highest Startup Growth June 2016 Business Insider of 40 cities

No. 9 STEM Job Growth June 2016 RCLCO of 12 cities

No. 6 Top 10 Sweet Hotspots for Homeownership June 2016 Zillow of 10 cities

No. 1 Destination for most One-Way Moving Truck Rentals May 2016 U-Haul of states

No. 10 Biggest Population Growth May 2016 U.S. Census Bureau of 15 large cities

No. 8 Best Big Cities for Jobs May 2016 Forbes of 15 metro areas

No. 5 Place Where Retirees are Moving May 2016 SmartAsset of 10 cities

No. 3 Most Frugal Cities May 2016 Coupons.com of 25 cities

No. 2 Average Growth of Number of Small Businesses May 2016 WalletHub of 150 large cities

No. 7 Best City to Start a Business May 2016 WalletHub of 150 large cities

No. 9 Solar Jobs May 2016 Solar Market Insight of states

No. 3 Solar Capacity May 2016 Solar Market Insight of states

No. 8 Top Cities Most Moved to by Millenials Apr. 2016 Mayflower of 10 cities

No. 7 Best Environments for Families March 2016 Apartment List of 30 metro areas

No. 19 Best Skyline in America March 2016 Thrillist of 20 cities

No. 13 Fastest Growing Cities March 2016 Forbes of 100 metro areas

No. 10 Growth in Women-Owned Businesses March 2016 Center For An Urban Future of 25 cities

No. 4 Governor’s Cup March 2016 Site Selection Magazine of states

No. 15 Best Places to Live March 2016 U.S. News and World Report of 20 cities

No. 10 Hardest Working Cities March 2016 WalletHub of 116 cities

No. 2 Solar Construction in the U.S. Feb. 2016 Solar Market Insight of states

No. 1 U.S. Growth State Feb. 2016 U-Haul of states

2015

No. 10 Top States for Job Growth Nov. 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics of states

No. 9 America’s Best Running Cities Oct. 2015 Active.com of 10 cities

No. 3 Real Estate Markets to Watch Oct. 2015 PWC and Urban Land Institute of 75 cities

No. 2 Best States for Businesses and Careers Oct. 2015 Forbes of states

No. 10 High-Tech Performance Oct. 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation of states

No. 10 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Oct. 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation of states

No. 1 Growth in Number of Businesses  Sept. 2015 WalletHub.com of 260 large cities

No. 5 Population Growth Sept. 2015 WalletHub.com of 260 large cities

No. 5 Job Growth Sept. 2015 WalletHub.com of 260 large cities

No. 6 Fastest Growing Economies Sept. 2015 WalletHub.com of 260 large cities

No. 2 Cities You Didn’t Know Were Startup Hotbeds Sept. 2015 Inc.com of four cities

No. 4 Solar Electricity Installations Sept. 2015 Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center of states

No. 5 New Clean Energy Jobs Sept. 2015 Environmental Entrepreneurs of states

No. 1 Best New Ride - Fury 325 Sept. 2015 Amusement Today of amusement park rides

No. 11 Best Community College System Sept. 2015 WalletHub.com of states

No. 7 Total Aircraft Movements in 2014 (CLT) Aug. 2015 Airports Council International of airports

No. 5 Cities Where Craft Beer is Taking Off July 2015 TheStreet.com of cities

No. 9 Big Cities Where White-Collar Employment is Booming July 2015 Forbes of cities

No. 14 Best Places for Business and Careers July 2015 Forbes of cities

No.  16 Cities Where Paycheck Will Go the Furthest June 2015 Forbes of cities

No. 5 Cities Winning the Battle for Information Jobs June 2015 Forbes of cities

No. 9 Top States for Business June 2015 CNBC of states

No. 10 Top States for Clean Energy Venture Capital Investment June 2015 Clean Edge, Inc. of all states

No. 2 Fastest Growing Food and Drink Cities May 2015 EventBrite of 10 cities

No. 1 Best Ballparks in the Minors May 2015 BaseballAmerica.com of minor league ballparks

No. 3 States with Top Business Climate May 2015 Chief Executive Magazine of all states

No. 1 Best Cities to Work for a Small Business May 2015 WalletHub.com of 100 cities

No. 1 Most Competitive State for New Plants in 2014 May 2015 Site Selection of all states’

No. 14 Best Places for Tech Jobs April 2015 Nerdwallet.com of 100 MSAs

No. 7 Strongest Housing Recovery April 2015 SmartAsset of 100 largest housing markets

No. 6 Nationwide Aircraft Movements and No. 7 Worldwide Aircraft Movements March 2015 Airport Council International of all airports

No. 8 Nationwide Passenger Traffic and No. 24 Worldwide Passenger Traffic March 2015 Airports Council International of all airports

No. 9 Most Wildlife Friendly Cities March 2015 National Wildlife Federation of all cities

No. 1 Highest Percentage of Women in IT Workforce by State Feb. 2015 NCTA of states

No. 9 Fastest-Growing Cities Jan. 2015 Forbes of 100 metro areas

No. 4 Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing the Best Economically Jan. 2015 Forbes of 52 largest metro areas

No. 19 Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals Jan. 2015 WalletHub.com of 100 MSAs

No. 3 Top Moving Destinations Jan. 2015 United Van Lines of all states

 

2014

No. 4 Most Affordable Destinations for 2015 Dec. 2014 Priceline.com of 15 cities

No. 1 Most Entrepreneurial Cities Dec. 2014 Global Trade Magazine of 50 cities

No. 2 Fastest-Growing Big Cities in the U.S. Dec. 2014 U.S. Census Bureau of 34 cities

No. 3 Best States for Business Nov. 2014 Forbes of all states

No. 3 Top State Business Climates Nov. 2014 Site Selection magazine of all states

No. 3 Best States for Business Oct. 2014 Development Counsellors International of all states

No. 3 America’s Top 5 Cities to Keep on Your Radar Oct. 2014 Huffington Post of cities

No. 1 Best Big City Bargains Sept. 14 Money Magazine of cities with 500,000+ population

No. 1 Most Competitive Large-Size Airports Sept. 14 Air Transport Research Society of 200 airports

No. 2 Most Efficient Large-Size Airports Sept. 14 Air Transport Research Society of 200 airports

No. 4 U.S. Cities Attracting the Most Families Sept. 14 Forbes of 52 largest MSAs

No. 8 Top States for Doing Business Sept. 14 Area Development Magazine of all states

No. 4 Best Domestic Airports Aug. 2014 Travel + Leisure of U.S. airports

No. 3 Fastest Growing States for Technology Jobs Aug. 2014 Dice.com of all states

No. 2 Best Places for Families to Live July 2014 ZipRealty of 23 metro areas

No. 4 Cities You Wouldn’t Expect for Tech July 2014 Verigent of U.S. states

No. 5 Top States for Business June 2014 CNBC of U.S. states

No. 4 Best Cities for Starting an Online Business May 2014 HighSpeedInternet.com of U.S. cities

No. 4 Best States for Business May 2014 Chief Executive Magazine of all U.S. states

No. 2 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates April 2014 Apartments.com of 100 cities with highest apartment availability

No. 4 Most Cost-Friendly Business Locations March 2014 KPMG of 31 largest U.S. metro areas

No. 3 Fastest Statewide Growth in Women-Owned Businesses March 2014 American Express OPEN of all states

No. 1 Best Cities for High Pay and Low Expenses March 2014 Yahoo Finance of 60 U.S. cities

No. 4 Most Affordable (and Fastest Growing) Cities Jan. 2014 Cheapism.com of U.S. cities

No. 3 Opportunity Cities Jan. 2014 Yahoo.com of metro areas of 1 million plus in population

No. 5 Best Places for Job Seekers Jan. 2014 Nerdwallet.com of 50 large cities