There has been a lot of confusion around the true definition of the name "Triangle". Before we look more into this region, it would be necessary to shed some light by offering some brief explanations and definitions.
Triangle region (popular definition): Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.
Triangle region (correct definition): Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties.
Triangle MSA: Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.
To make things easier, from this point on, the term "Triangle" will be mainly used in reference to the last definition. That is, the Triangle Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
The Triangle has always been receiving major awards, by several different sources. While a separate section will be dedicated for the kudos, here is a partial list