The Research Triangle Park

The future of great ideas

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Workforce & Education

Threre are three points to a Triangle; and in our case, that means three cities and three major research universities.

The Research Triangle is home to some of the most educated and talented people in the world, with 53 percent of our population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. With the highest concentration of PhDs in the nation, the combined knowledge assets of the region provide unparalleled resources to North Carolina companies, universities, and area entrepreneurs.

Higher Education

Universities have always been at the core of RTP’s success. Anchored by the research strength at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RTP-based businesses have immediate access to employees with competitive skills and researchers with discoveries and inventions that are changing the world. Given the moderate cost of living in the region, high-quality, reasonably priced labor is one of the preeminent advantages of locating in RTP. Stimulated by the region's other 11 universities and institutions of higher education, workforce development programs enable employers to continually expand their workers’ skills to compete in the constantly evolving technology sector. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, September 2009 (Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill CSA) -- we have the 6th highest percentage of adults with doctorate or professional degrees. That puts us just behind the San Francisco, San Jose, Boston-Cambridge, and Washington DC metros.

RTP is anchored at all three corners by three of the country's top research universities, which are all within 15 minutes of its headquarters (view map):


North Carolina is the leading state for National Board Certified teachers, accounting for one-fifth of those nationally and 10% of the state’s teachers, library media coordinators and guidance counselors.  We rank in the top 10 in SAT participation and the state’s average total scores exceed the Southeast’s average.

  • #1 Top Public Schools in U.S.(Raleigh, N.C.) –, August 2010
  • #8 Best Educated City (Durham) – Forbes, 2008
  • Top 20 Best Places to Educate your Child (Durham, N.C.) – Forbes, 2007

View the NC Report Card, an annually issued report by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. This online resource provides a single source of data about student achievement and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality, school technology and other information from the state’s public, charter, and private schools.

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