Raleigh / Durham, NC
The prosperous Raleigh/Durham area -- part of what's known as The Triangle -- includes three top universities all within a 30-minute drive: North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More than 50% of residents have at least a bachelor's degree, the Research Triangle Park contributes to the low unemployment rates.
The area is warm and friendly city with great local restaurants, a variety of entertainment options, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. The Triangle is situated just two hours from the coast and two hours from the mountains.