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#1 Best City for Entrepreneurs
Livability, 2016
Top 10 Places to Do Business (#3) 
Business Review USA, August 2015
#2 City Worldwide to Found a Startup 
Fortune Entrepreneur Insider and Business Insider, January 2016
#1 Best City for Small Business Owners
Value Penguin, 2017

Boulder Business Ranking

There are many reasons why Boulder is ranked so highly as a great place to start a company or own a business. The Boulder Economic Council, the economic development arm of the Boulder Chamber, Boulder’s flagship business advocacy and support organization, explains key factors:

  1. Most educated workforce in the nation.

  2. A top-ranked research university and robust research economy to support your business.

  3. A collaborative business environment that will help your company prosper.

  4. An innovative community where entrepreneurs thrive.

  5. A wide range of companies—from startups to Fortune 300—in diverse industries including aerospace, bioscience, cleantech, IT/software, natural products and outdoor recreation.

  6. A quality of life that helps businesses attract and retain top talent.

Boulder Statistics


  • 7,000 employers (5 or more employees)
  • 94,000 jobs
  • 550+ primary employers
  • 105,101 population
  • Top research university
  • 17 federally-funded research labs
  • Nationally-recognized center of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Leading industry clusters, including aerospace, bioscience, cleantech, IT, natural products and outdoor recreation

Major Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Bioscience
  • Cleantech
  • IT/Software
  • Natural Products
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Research Economy
Best Place for Women to Start a Business (#1), November 2015
Best Places for Tech Jobs in 2015 (#5) 
Nerd Wallet, 2015
10 Best Cities for Millennial Entrepreneurs (#3)
Thumbtack, September 2015

Boulder Business Climate

Executive Director of the Boulder Economic Council, Clif Harald, speaks with RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor, author, and video host, Duane Duggan, about the business climate in Boulder.