The Triangle region is made up of three anchor cities: Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham. Together, the three cities are the economic engine for the state with an estimated population of 1.6 million residents (2011 Census). The Triangle region’s intellectual capital draws a diverse workforce for the Research Triangle Park, Duke Medical Center, educational institutions, and other businesses.
Smaller surrounding towns are Garner, Apex, Cary, Clayton, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina and others. Together the cities and towns make it one of the richest areas in the country for cultural attractions, outdoor recreation, sports, and an exceptional quality of life.
Major employers in the region (many with national headquarters) include: IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens, John Deere, Biogen Idec, United Therapeutics, Syngenta Biotechnology, SAS Institute and others.