Denver South is home to a highly educated workforce– 98% of the population 25 years and older has a high school degree or higher. 61% of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. If you’re looking to fill your office with the smartest people in the region look no further, 21% of the Denver South population holds graduate or higher level degrees.
IT services and custom software services were among Metro Denver’s top-five leading tech industry sectors by employment in 2016.
Metro Denver ranked as the fourth-best metro area for young entrepreneurs in 2016. The metro area received accolades for its highly educated population and high rate of small business loans.
Denver ranked third among the top 25 U.S. cities for fostering innovation and entrepreneurial growth. The city ranked among the top five for a healthy quality of life, a well-connected ecosystem, a vibrant cultural foundation, and a highly educated young population.
Denver ranked as the third-best city to start a tech career in 2016. Denver scored highly in nearly every category related to the technology industry and investors gave more than $500 million to high-tech businesses in 2015.
Denver ranked among the top 10 “Best American Cities for Women in Tech Jobs” in 2016.
Metro Denver ranked fifth among the top 15 major metros for college graduates in 2016. Fort Collins ranked fourth among small metro areas.
Lone Tree ranked among the best places in Colorado for millennial job seekers. The city’s millennial population increased over 50 percent from 2010 to 2013.
Metro Denver ranked as the fourth-best metro area for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals in 2016. Metro Denver ranked seventh for the projected number of STEM jobs needed by 2020.
Colorado ranked third in the nation for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants per worker. The state received more than 200 grants totaling nearly $82.1 million, or $32.90 in grants per worker compared with the U.S. average of $11.80.
Colorado companies in the IT-software, electronics, and computer-related industry attracted more than 160 deals totaling nearly $1.1 billion in venture capital over the past 10 years. This high level of investment signals a strong culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and opportunities for the Denver South region.
Colorado’s largest export—computers and electronic products—accounted for 25 percent of all exports (totaling $2 billion) in 2015, compared with 14 percent of U.S. exports.
Colorado ranked seventh in new company formation per 1,000 employees in 2015 and fourth in initial public offerings, strong measures of entrepreneurial energy.
Colorado ranked fifth for startup activity out of the 25 largest states by population in the 2016 Kauffman Index: Startup Activity, with 330 people out of 100,000 adults becoming entrepreneurs each month.
Colorado ranked fifth on Forbes’ 2016 “Best States for Business” list. The state received its highest rankings for labor supply (first overall), economic climate (second overall), growth prospects (third overall), and regulatory environment (ninth overall).
Metro Denver ranked No. 2 among Forbes’ 2017 “Best Places for Business and Careers” ranking in the top two for the third-straight year.
Denver South’s office rental rates averaged $24.51 per square foot in the first quarter of 2017, making the region’s office market highly competitive with other major markets in the U.S.
Colorado has one of the nation’s most favorable corporate income tax structures. The state’s corporate income tax rate of 4.63 percent is one of the lowest in the nation and is based on single-factor apportionment, which allows companies to pay taxes based solely on their sales in the state.
The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metropolitan area ranked among the top 10 for economic development and job growth in the “Leading Locations for 2016” list. Areas recognized in the study exhibited economic strength and capacity to support business prosperity.
Colorado has the nation’s ninth-best tax climate for entrepreneurship and small business.
Colorado ranked among the top five “Best States for Small Business Friendliness” in 2016. Denver received an “A-” grade for overall friendliness.
Highlands Ranch (sixth) and Centennial (13th) ranked among MONEY Magazine’s 2016 “Best Places to Live” list.
Centennial ranked among the “Best Cities for Young Families” in 2017. The city ranked No. 49 out of 510 U.S. communities.
The Denver South region boasts a variety of quality living options from expansive apartment complexes to single-family homes surrounded by open spaces. The area is also known for beautiful neighborhoods, award-winning schools, and popular parks and trail systems.
The South Metro Corridor is home to seven state parks, greenways, and a national forest and has preserved over 50,000 acres of natural open space. The High Line Canal, designated as a National Landmark Trail, contributes to the region’s robust trail system.
Denver ranked fifth among the “2016’s Best Large Cities to Live In.” Denver scored first for livability and third for local economy and taxes.
Metro Denver ranked as the third-fittest metropolitan area in the U.S. in 2016.
Nearly 30 public and private golf courses are located in the South Metro Corridor and world-class ski resorts are located within 100 miles of the Corridor.