Workforce

2nd

Most highly educated state

Metro Denver EDC, 2014
1st

Best state for labor supply

Forbes, 2015
3rd

Easiest city to find a job (Denver)

Forbes, 2015
2nd

Highest number of people with Bachelor's degrees

US Census Bureau, 2012

Business Climate

4th

Best state to make a living

Moneyrates.com, 2014
5th

Best state for business & careers

Forbes, 2013
2nd

Best state to start a business

Entrepreneur, 2013
2nd

Top state for high-tech share of all businesses

US Chamber of Commerce, 2014
1st

Fastest growing economy

Business Insider, 2014
4

CO has 4 of the top 10 cities for tech startups

 

Entrepreneur, 2013
6th

Venture capital investments per $1K for State GDP

National Science Board, 2014
4th

Ranking on the clean tech leadership index

Clean Edge, 2014
4th

For state technology and science index

Milken Institute, 2014
1st

Denver ranked America's best place to do business

Forbes, 2015
5th

Most entrepreneurial states

The Kauffman Foundation, 2014
4th

Leading Clean Tech state

Clean Edge, 2014
2nd

Best state for entrepreneurship & innovation

US Chamber of Commerce, 2014
2nd

Highest rate of citizens with bachelor’s degrees

US Census Bureau, 2012
5th

For small business job gains

Denver Business Journal, 2014
1st

Most economically competitive state

Business Insider, 2014
4th

Highest job growth in the nation

Denver Business Journal, 2013
4th

For early-stage venture capital investment

priceWaterhouse Coopers, 2012
1st

In U.S. for economic success (Denver)

Denver Business Journal, 2015
1st

Best city for job seekers (Denver)

Forbes, 2015
1st

Best place to do business (Denver)

Forbes, 2015
2nd

Best small city for jobs (Greeley)

Forbes, 2015
1st

In U.S. for economic success (Denver)

Denver Business Journal, 2015
1st

In the nation for arts participation

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 2015
4th

In startup activity

Kauffman Index, 2015
4th

Top STEM-based economy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 2015
2nd

Most entrepreneurial state

Denver Business Journal, 2015
2nd

Best city for recession-recovery (Denver)

WalletHub, 2015
1st

in 50 State Economies

Business Insider, 2014

Lifestyle

20

Rivers’ headwaters begin here

25

Breathtaking scenic & historic byways

26

Spectacular ski areas and resorts

12

Awe-inspiring mountain ranges

11

Majestic national forests

10

Scenic & historic trains

58

Fourteeners (peaks with elevations 14,000 ft +)

4

Magnificent national parks

1st

Ranking for monthly energy costs in the US

WalletHub, 2014
1st

Boulder's ranking for strongest housing market

MSN Real Estate, 2014
1st

Red Rocks is the best amphitheater in the US

Rolling Stone, 2013
8th

Largest US state by acreage (104,093.57 Acres)

3rd

in US to reach 100 percent renewable energy(Aspen)

Aspen Times
10th

in the nation for solar energy

Pagosa Daily Post, 2015
1st

Denver ranked best city to live in the West

Money Magazine
1st

Most active state

United Health Foundation
42

State parks

1st

Most popular city to move (Denver)

Pew Research Center, 2014
7th

Best quality of life

CNBC, 2013
6

National Monuments

4th

Happiest state in the nation

The Denver Post, 2014
4th

Best city for millennials (Denver)

Huffington Post, 2015
4th

Best city to live in US (Centennial)

24/7 Wall Street, 2015
2nd

In bike commuting

The League of American Bicycling, 2015
4th

Colorado ranks 4th in "well-being"

Gallup Healthways, 2016