Rankings — A compendium of state rankings

Economy and business climate

  • Colorado ranked 9th on the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council’s 2011 “Small Business Survival Index.” Highest ranking states have the most friendly environment for entrepreneurs and the council cites Colorado ‘s “relatively low coporate income and corporate capital gains taxes,” and, negatively, a “relatively large number of health insurance mandates.” South Dakota ranked friendliest among the states, and New York the least friendly.
  • Forbes recently ranked Colorado fifth among the “Best States for Business and Careers,” according to the Metro Denver EDC’s December (2011) Monthly Economic Summary. Utah ranked first overall, followed by Virginia, North Carolina and North Dakota.


Health and fitness

  • Denver is the nation’s fittest city,  according to The Daily Beast. San Francisco was ranked second, followed by Washington D.C.
  • Colorado is ranked the 9th healthiest state in the union in the United Health Foundation’s 2011 issue of  “America’s Health Rankings.”  Vermont was first; Mississippi, last.



  • Jones Lang LaSalle ranks metro Denver 12th among 16 U.S. life-science clusters, reporting in its 2011 Life Sciences Cluster Report that the region’s bio-sciences industry  is bouncing back from a crunch that closed several firms during the recession.
  • The Brookings Institution ranked Colorado 20th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the overall size of its clean economy, with 51,036 clean jobs in 2010. The July 13, 2011 study said those jobs make up 2.2 percent of all jobs in the state, ranking Colorado 13th among the states for concentration of clean-economy jobs.
  • Colorado is home to the nation’s third largest space economy. Its aerospace and satellite companies provide an estimated 130,000 direct and indirect jobs, generating more than $4 billion a year in revenues.
  • Denver ranked as the 5th greenest city among 27 across the United States and Canada, placing first in two of 10 categories — energy and environmental governance — measured by the Siemens-sponsored project. The rankings were scored by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a part of the Economist publishing company.
  • Denver Internet users are ranked 8th highest among U.S. cities to be at risk for Internet fraud, according to a Netherlands security-software provider.