The North Carolina cities of Charlotte and Raleigh shot to the top of the RCLCO Real Estate Advisors 2020 STEM Job Growth Index (STEMdex), which bodes well for future growth and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the report.
The Duke University campus is located in North Carolina's Research Triangle Region and is less than 30 miles (48 km) from Raleigh. The distance from Duke to Charlotte is less than 150 miles (230 km).
Charlotte was No. 1 and Raleigh was No. 5 among the Top 10 metro area rankings. The STEMdex tracks STEM job growth momentum through an analysis of the 38 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.
The STEMdex seeks to understand not only where STEM jobs are now, but also where they might be going in the future based on changing local economies, migration of young households and other key factors. Both Charlotte and Raleigh have been consistent members of the Top 10 in each of the last four reports.