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Raleigh

The city for getting schooled, doing biz and making bank, y'all.

This Southern town gets its name from Sir Walter Raleigh, of Elizabethan fame, who tried to found the first English colony in the New World and failed -- twice. Fortunately, the city of Raleigh didn't inherit his bad fortune. Instead, this North Carolina capital is a vibrant community boasting the nation's No. 1 public school system which also makes it a terrific place to raise a family. Both factors no doubt contribute to Raleigh's winning of the #2 spot for young professionals who can bank on a higher median income. Be confident that if your kids make this city their own after college graduation, they'll probably earn enough to not have to move back in with you.

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