Five Colorado metropolitan statistical areas made a showing on the 2012 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index, which ranks metros by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.
All five of those Colorado metros appeared in the top 50 metros, with Fort Collins-Loveland ranking highest at No. 12, followed by Boulder at No. 15. While the Fort Collins-Loveland’s rank was a drop from third in 2011, Boulder’s was an improvement from 59th – the most improvement of any Colorado city.
The components by which metros are measured include job, wage and salary, and technology growth. In most years, these give a good indication of the underlying structural performance of regional economics, according to the Milken Institute.