Denver and Provo topped the 18th annual Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers rankings.
The Colorado capital nabbed the number one spot for the second consecutive year due to its 'diverse economy, growth outlook and educated workforce,' according to the rankings. The Utah city was lauded for the "fastest job growth last year among the 200 largest metro areas."
In all, seven western cities made the Top 10 and three of the coveted spots were in Utah. (See full rankings). Not into big city living? Check out the Forbes Best Small Places for Business and Careers list. It's led by Bend, Oregon.
States across the West are making economic progress on a variety of fronts. Here are some highlights:
- Find out why Gov. Doug Ducey says that the Cubs' World Series win is a great boost for Arizona's economy.
- The Brookings Institution named cities in California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Washington as international 'Knowledge Capitals' for their innovative and productive workforces.
- Montana led the nation for percentage increase in median household income from 2014 to 2015.
- Texas is home to the three best real-estate markets in a recent WalletHub list. See all nine western cities in the Top 10.
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a memorandum of understanding with British Columbia to create regional economic opportunities for innovation in the technology sector.
- Wyoming, South Dakota and Alaska have the best business tax climates in the nation, according to The Tax Foundation's annual index.
- California had to largest year-over-year job gains, while Oregon showed the largest year-over-year percentage gains.
- Colorado ranked second in the U.S. for turning science and technology capabilities into high-paying jobs.
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