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View Poll Results: Most similar area to Raleigh/Durham
Greensboro/Winston-Salem 21 25.30%
Charlotte 8 9.64%
Richmond 4 4.82%
Northern Virginia 18 21.69%
Columbia 5 6.02%
Atlanta 4 4.82%
Nashville 5 6.02%
Austin 12 14.46%
Other 6 7.23%
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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In terms of migration patterns, size, the downtown districts of Raleigh and Durham, accents, local culture, history, suburbs vs density, etc. Which metro would you say has the most in common with the NC Research Triangle?
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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Anything?
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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There's no clear match. I'd say Austin probably though due to them both being sunbelt cities, having rapid growth and lots of transplants. Both have some tech industry and state government. Raleigh and Austin are both capitol cities. The Triangle has much more universities though. And the Triangle is 3 cities whereas Austin is obviously just one.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:37 PM
 
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The Triad
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Old 05-15-2015, 05:53 AM
 
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Ive lived in both greensboro and raleigh. The triads economy is much more manufacturing based and the area isn't growing nearly as fast. High Point isn't similar to anything in the Triangle. Durham and Winston have similar vibes and history though. Greensboro isn't growing or redeveloping downtown at a rate similar to raleigh at all. The Triad also doesn't have a large number of transplants and young professionals. I'd say besides both having a number of universities and having three cities, they are pretty different in who lives there and their growth rates.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:03 AM
 
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Ive lived in both greensboro and raleigh. The triads economy is much more manufacturing based and the area isn't growing nearly as fast. High Point isn't similar to anything in the Triangle. Durham and Winston have similar vibes and history though. Greensboro isn't growing or redeveloping downtown at a rate similar to raleigh at all. The Triad also doesn't have a large number of transplants and young professionals. I'd say besides both having a number of universities and having three cities, they are pretty different in who lives there and their growth rates.
They aren't clones, but I still think it's the most similar area to the Triangle. A metro region centered on three cities, somewhat similar in size, very similar geography and climate, a nice mix of universities, ACC sports, tobacco history, and all share a general NC culture and vibe.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:53 AM
 
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In a way, High Point is the Cary of the Triad. However, High Point is known for furniture manufacturing while Cary is a giant suburban town built off the back of RTP. Winston-Salem and Durham are very similar, no denying that. However, Durham is more liberal and transplant saturated which shouldn't be a surprise. I guess you could draw some similarities between Raleigh and Greensboro, too. The two areas are different but they do share some similarities, plenty of interaction between them for one.
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:31 PM
 
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In a way, High Point is the Cary of the Triad. However, High Point is known for furniture manufacturing while Cary is a giant suburban town built off the back of RTP. Winston-Salem and Durham are very similar, no denying that. However, Durham is more liberal and transplant saturated which shouldn't be a surprise. I guess you could draw some similarities between Raleigh and Greensboro, too. The two areas are different but they do share some similarities, plenty of interaction between them for one.
The main difference in Cary and High Point is that HP a much older city with it's own identity, where Cary is the epitome of a large residential suburb. It's hard to think of those two in the same category other than maybe population.

The Triad seems to be the most similar of the bunch here, but there are as many differences as there are similarities. Transplants are very common in the Triad, but not nearly like the numbers in the Triangle. W-S has a large and growing research park downtown, but not nearly on the level of the huge (and much older/established) RTP. The Triad has universities, but only one (Wake Forest) on the level of the 3 in the Triangle. The Triad's economy has diversified well over the past couple of decades (there was really no other option) but manufacturing is still much more important there than in the Triangle. The skylines of the 3 primary cities are pretty similar (W-S and Raleigh, GSO and Durham, Chapel Hill an HP). The Triad has seen healthy population growth, but not anywhere near that of the Triangle (one of the fastest growing in the nation).
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:21 PM
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I think Raleigh is most similar to Austin (big university presence, tech scene, state government, similar size, growing fast, etc. etc.), but as a greater metro I think the Triad is the best comparison. There aren't many true tri/multi-nodal cities in the country, but the Triangle, Triad, and Hampton Roads are probably the best examples (at least of large metros). Funny that they're all in the same general region. Anyway, I think that distinction is important because the relatively large population in the MSA/CSA is segregated into three distinct centers without a truly dominant city.

I think the cities benefit from their proximity to each other, but I think it could hurt a little too in that each metro gets less attention that it would if two of the cities were smaller suburbs rather than cities unto themselves.

Anyway, the cultural similarities and geographic proximity just make the comparison even clearer.
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:58 PM
 
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There aren't many true tri/multi-nodal cities in the country, but the Triangle, Triad, and Hampton Roads are probably the best examples (at least of large metros). Funny that they're all in the same general region.
There's also the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC CSA and on a smaller scale, you have NW Arkansas.
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