The Triangle Region is a hub for exceptional talent due to the region’s academic institutions. The region is home to three tier 1 research universities –  North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and was ranked by Forbes as the second most educated city in the country. These universities help attract nearly $3 billion in federal R&D funding each year and have spun off hundreds of start-up companies.


There are a total of 10 colleges and universities and 7 community colleges in the Triangle Region. The academic institutions work closely with local economic developers and businesses to ensure course offerings align with industry needs and prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Our highly educated workforce is one of many reasons so many businesses come to the Triangle Region.

10 Colleges and Universities

7 Community Colleges



Highly Skilled Talent


Students Study Here


Region's population has a bachelors degree or higher


Graduates with a bachelors degree annually

Massive Military Presence

North Carolina is home to about 23,000 transitioning veterans each year providing another huge employment pool for companies. Many Triangle Region companies recruit veterans including Novo Nordisk in Johnston County whose workforce is made up of 20% veterans.