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Utah Cities Ranked Highly as Places for Business and Careers

By Devin Felix

August 11, 2014

Five Utah cities have been recognized by Forbes as great places to do business and have a career.

On Forbes 2013 list, Best Places for Business and Careers, Provo was ranked No. 3, Salt Lake City was ranked No. 8 and Ogden came in at No. 11.

Meanwhile, Logan ranked No. 4 and St. George ranked 26 on the magazine’s list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

Forbes based its rankings on 12 metrics relating to job growth, costs of living and doing business, income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. Researchers also considered migration patterns, cultural and recreational opportunities and colleges and universities nearby.

Best Places for Business and Careers

  • Provo ranked No. 3 overall. The city ranked seventh in cost of doing business and third in job growth. Forbes noted the city’s importance as a place for technology development.
  • Salt Lake City ranked 39th for cost of doing business and 30th in job growth. Forbes emphasized Salt Lake’s outdoor recreation tourist industry based largely on skiing, as well as its industrial banking and transportation industries.
  • Ogden ranked No. 4 in cost of doing business and No. 41 in job growth. Forbes noted that the IRS has a significant presence in the city and is its largest employer. It also mentioned the presence of the Business Depot Ogden, a business park with more than 1,000 acres.

Best Small Places for Business and Careers

  • Logan ranked No. 1 in cost of doing business and No. 30 in job growth. Forbes noted the presence of Utah State University as the largest employer, as well as the availability of a wide range of cultural and outdoor opportunities.
  • St. George was ranked No. 26 on the list of best small places. It ranked fifth for cost of doing business and 72nd for job growth. Forbes discusses St. George’s growth as a tourist and retirement destination. 
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