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Friday, April 16, 2010

Utah Cities Rank High In Forbes List of Best Places For Business and Careers

Provo ranks number 2 in Forbes Magazine's annual list of best US cities for business and careers. Ogden is number 11 and Salt Lake City is number 20. Des Moines Iowa tops the list.

Forbes gave this description of its criteria: “Our ranking of Best Places looks at the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., which range in size from the New York City metro, with 11.7 million people, to Merced, Calif., home to 245,000. We ranked areas on 12 metrics including costs (business and living), job growth (past and projected), income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth.

We also factored in quality-of-life issues like crime, cultural and recreational opportunities as well as net migration patters. Lastly we examined the percentage of subprime mortgages handed out over a three-year stretch and the number of highly ranked four-year colleges in the area, per our annual college rankings.” See the full Forbes article.

Forbes said the Utah Cities all have "reasonable business costs, strong economic outlooks and a solid quality of life."

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