Economic Environment & Rankings

Work. Play. And everything in between.

Where does Denver and Colorado stand amongst other states?

Strong. A 2012 report from Beacon Hill Institute ranked Colorado third out of all fifty states by commanding 44 economic indicators across eight categories. Its mighty business climate earned it recognition as ‘perennially successful states.’ Credit tour friendly atmosphere mixed with collaborative, progressive mindsets and an unquestionable quality of life. Colorado is a top destination.

Colorado Ranked 3rd for Economic Competitiveness

In 2012, Colorado ranked 3rd out of the 50 states in the Beacon Hill Institute’s latest State Competitiveness Report. The report, based on 44 economic indicators in eight categories, calls Colorado one of a handful of “perennially successful states.”


Colorado’s Competitive Comparisons

State Ranked Top-10 in:

· 8th Top State for Job Growth
Arizona State Univ. W. P. Carey School of Business study, 2012

· 1st in Labor Supply
Forbes, 2012

·2nd Top Entrepreneurship and Innovation State
US Chamber of Commerce, 2012

· 5th Best State for Business
Forbes, 2012

· 5th Best State to Make a Living, 2012

· 8th Top State for “Talent Pipeline”
US Chamber of Commerce, 2012

· 1st for Growth in the Startup Job Sector
StartUpHire, 2012

· 5th Best State To Do Business
CNBC, 2012

· 3rd Best State for Economic Competitiveness
Beacon Hill Institute, 2012

· 2nd Top State for High-Tech Business
TechAmerica, 2012

· 1st Best State for Labor Supply
Forbes, 2012

· 5th Strongest Housing Market
24/7 Wall Street, 2012

·4th Best State for Early-Stage Venture Capital Investment
priceWaterhouse Coopers, 2012


Metro Denver Growing in Popularity with Young Professionals

A recent Brookings Institute study found that Denver ranks first for population gain among 25-to-34 year-old age group among large U.S. metro areas.


Additional Rankings:

Denver rated No. 1 in U.S. for economic success; 3 other Colorado cities in top 20  -Area Development magazine

The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area was rated first among the 375 metros for economic strength indicators; seventh for year-over-year growth, and eighth for both workforce and recession-busting attributes.

2nd best place to start a business -Entrepreneur

2nd best place for Innovation & Entrepreneurship -Inc. Magazine

2nd most highly educated residents (37.8 percent) with a bachelor’s degree or higher  -U.S. Census Bureau