reprinted from Forbes.com 2/10/2011
No. 2: Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
Grad gain: 28,748
Share of 25+ Population, 2007: 4.27%
Even in hard times Raleigh-Durham--the fastest-growing metro area in the country--has repeatedly performed well on Forbes' list of the best cities for jobs. The area is a magnet for technology companies fleeing the more expensive, congested and highly regulated northeast corridor. Affordable housing and short commute times are no doubt highly attractive to millennials seeking to start a family. Indeed, a 2010 Portfolio.com/bizjournals survey ranked the city the third-best for young adults.