Colorado Springs fares well on “get ahead” list

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While the Pikes Peak region didn’t make the Forbes.com “Best Places to Get Ahead” top 10 this week, it fared better than most Colorado cities.

Based on data collected by the online giant’s researchers, small and large metropolitan areas were ranked on three separate criteria tracked from 2000 to today. They included: cost of doing business, job growth and educational attainment.

While Colorado Springs profiled as 75th overall (behind top-ranked cities like Raleigh, Provo, Boise or Des Moines), it out-performed Denver at 104th and Boulder at 145th.

Only Fort Collins came in higher at 28th, thanks to high per capita educational attainment (7th among smaller metropolitan areas) and a low cost of doing business.

Specifically, the Colorado Springs was 93rd among large metro areas for its cost of doing business, 125th for job growth and 26th for educational attainment.