At least three cities from North Carolina and Georgia, as well as several other cities in the Southeast, have been named among the top digital cities for their size in a survey released by the Center for Digital Government (CDG).

The CDG grouped some 300 cities in three categories based on population. The first category (population more than 250,000) was led by Honolulu, HI, and Tampa, FL. Tied with four other cities for sixth was Virginia Beach, VA.

In the second category (population 125,000-250,000), two NC cities made the top 10. Durham was tied for eighth with Hollywood, FL, and Winston-Salem was number 10, tied with three other cities, including Hampton, VA. Another Virginia city, Richmond, was ranked third. Des Moines, IA, was the top-ranked city in this category.

In the third category (population 75,000-125,000), one city from Georgia was ranked among the top 10 digital cities. Macon, GA, tied for seventh with Cape Coral, FL. Topping the list for this category was Roanoke, VA.

Charlotte and Atlanta, both of which made last year’s top 10 cities in the first category, did not appear on this year’s list.

Underwritten by Microsoft, the 2002 Digital Cities Survey examined how city governments have progressed in adopting and utilizing digital technologies to improve the delivery of services to their citizens.

The CDG, based in Folsom, CA, invited mayors, chief information officers and city managers at over 300 of the nation’s cities to participate.

Cities appearing on the lists were recognized last week during the National League of Cities meeting in Salt Lake City, which tied for sixth with Lincoln, NE, in the second category.