Job growth propels Boulder to top of ‘best cities’ list

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 9:32am.

Boulder ranked first among 91 medium cities nationwide in New Geography’s 2013 edition of the Best Cities for Job Growth.

The ranking identifies the cities demonstrating the most momentum in the “job creation sweepstakes,” according to New Geography. The biggest winners are the metro areas adding higher-wage jobs in America’s two biggest-growing sectors – technology and energy.

New Geography bases its rankings on short-, medium- and long-term employment performance, and takes into account both growth and momentum — whether growth is slowing or accelerating. As a result, areas that have made the strongest recoveries from deep setbacks often do well.

The blending of energy and other sectors also helped Denver grow a strong economy and rank ninth out of 66 on the big cities list.

New Geography used four measures of growth to rank all 398 metro areas for which full data sets were available from the past 10 years. The metros included in the “large city” rankings (which include Denver-Aurora-Broomfield) include those with a current nonfarm employment base of at least 450,000 jobs, while midsized areas (Boulder and Colorado Springs) range from 150,000 to 450,000 jobs, and “small" areas (Fort Collins-Loveland and the rest of Colorado’s metros) have as many as 150,000 jobs.

Boulder ranked No. 1 among midsized cities as well as No. 7 overall, while Denver-Aurora-Broomfield ranked 41st overall. Greeley ranked 38th overall and 24th on the small cities list.

Take a closer look below at how Colorado’s cities compared with metros nationwide on New Geography’s 2013 Best Cities for Job Growth:

Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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