North Carolina is one of the leading states in engineering and technology. As one of the oldest states in the country, North Carolina has blossomed with diverse cultural and economic regions that add to its rich history. North Carolina has dozens of large cities that are tourist and financial capitals for the state.
The largest city, Charlotte, is second to New York City as being the headquarters for the most financial firms on the East Coast. The state capital of Raleigh, plus the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill, create the Research Triangle, a network of towns and cities that promote and house biotechnology and engineering firms in North Carolina. Finally, the Piedmont Triad, which includes the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, are the home to major manufacturing and textile firms.