#4: Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
Population in 2000: 797,071
Population in 2010: 1,130,490
A major research center and home to three leading universities, Raleigh racks up dozens of
accolades each year for its quality of life, strong economy and
excellent education system. The city also boasts the healthiest housing
market in the nation, according to Builder magazine, and a
lower-than-average unemployment rate. Raleigh residents enjoy the city's
warm weather, exceptional healthcare and low cost of living.