The Milken Institute ranking of national tech hubs, following the U.S. Census, split Raleigh and Durham metro areas.
The split resulted in lower rankings than they would likely have achieved if considered together, according to an author of the study.
Durham CVB President & CEO Reyn Bowman says the current approach actually “provides far more insights.”
In the new rankings, Silicon Valley leads the list of U.S. tech hubs, followed by Seattle.
Durham, including the majority of Research Triangle Park, ranked 26th and Raleigh-Cary 38th in the study.
Armen Bedroussian, co-author of the study, told the Raleigh News and Observer the area would have ranked higher if combined.
Raleigh feel four spots in this year’s ranking and Durham dropped two places.
The study, based on 2007 data, does put Durham 2nd in computer manufacturing, with employment in that sector rising twice as fast as the national average.
Durham ranked 7th in R&D, up from 15th, and 6th in pharmaceutical manufacturing, a fall from third previously.
Raleigh-Cary ranked 7th in the software publishing industry.
Burlington, NC ranked first in medical and diagnostic laboratories due to LabCorp’s HQ there, and Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord rnaked 4th in data processing and hosting.
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