Denver is America's best place for business and careers, and Fort Collins is No. 10, Forbes magazine declares in its latest annual ranking.
"The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, home to 2.8 million people, is attractive for its diverse economy, highly educated labor force and outdoor recreational opportunities," report author Kurt Badenhausen writes. "Companies are increasingly choosing Denver as the site for new operations or to relocate."
Forbes' report cites "Denver's relatively central location [which] makes it a natural location as a distribution hub for the American West, while also supporting a number of growing industries in technology and telecommunications."
Energy is "another staple of Denver's economy," it says. The report also lauds Denver for its arts and cultural scene, including the Denver Art Museum and Denver Performing Arts Complex, as well as "bustling neighborhoods such as LoDo, … filled with art galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs," and its outdoor attractions.
Denver ranked No. 4 on Forbes' list last year and Fort Collins was No. 5.
Other Colorado cities on Forbes best-places-for-business list:
Boulder, No. 26.
Greeley, No. 33.
Colorado Springs, No. 37.
Nationally, Raleigh, North Carolina, comes in at No. 2 after Denver, followed by Portland, Oregon; Provo, Utah; and Atlanta.