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Monthly Rankings: Colorado’s Top Five for June

It's no surprise that Colorado has received a lot of great rankings this year, and instead of developing a blog on each one, we thought that moving forward we'd tip our hats to our state's successes by recapping our favorite rankings each month.

Even though June marks the start of summer break, relaxation and vacations, Colorado certainly didn't take any time off from achieving some impressive rankings this past month.

Placing well in more than 15 rankings in June, here are our top-five favorites where Colorado dominated the competition:

  1. Clean Edge Inc. ranked Colorado fifth on its list of the 2013 Clean Tech Leadership Index based on criteria of green buildings, advanced transportation, clean electricity, and carbon management and clean tech investment, innovation, and workforce. It wasn't surprising to see us rank so high and as the top non-coastal state at that considering Colorado's cleantech industry includes more than 20,000 workers employed by over 1,700 companies and has created more than 5,000 clean tech jobs since 1997, according to The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.
  2. Based on factors including cost of living, demographics, and social scene, Denver is ranked the third-best city for college graduates, according to NerdWallet. While Colorado has more than 470 higher education institutions statewide, is the third-most highly educated state in the country and has a declining unemployment rate, Metro Denver especially appeals to graduates seeking computer science, high-tech, and aerospace jobs. And as an added perk, Denver boasts the most bars per capita, a low cost of living and easy access to those beautiful mountains we love.
  3. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison as the best amphitheater in the U.S. Is it even a competition? Between the gorgeous scenery, spectacular view of Metro Denver, rocking concert line-up and Film on the Rocks series, Red Rocks is always a must-visit during the summer for Coloradoans and visitors alike. 
  4. The Brookings Institution reported that employment in the Metro Denver area was made up of nearly 23 percent workers in STEM expertise, which includes jobs requiring science, technology, engineering and math knowledge. Metro Denver ranks in the top 10 in the U.S., above the national average of 20 percent. Home to such companies as CenturyLink, Lockheed Martin, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett Packard, the Metro Denver region is a hub for STEM-related companies. The University of Colorado has also established itself as a national leader in STEM research and education, pledging to at least double the number of science and mathematics teaching graduates in the next five years. 
  5. Gallup-Healthways ranked Colorado as the second-best state on its Well-Being Index and ranked the Denver-Aurora MSA as the top fourth large community. With criteria based on the World Health Organization's definition of health, which includes physical, mental, and social well-being, it's no surprise that our healthy and active lifestyle makes us the state with the nation's lowest obesity.

Collecting high rankings for cleantech, STEM employment, well-being, entertainment and more, the Metro Denver region shows us once again why we love living, working and playing in this great state.

Stay tuned next month for Metro Denver and Colorado's July rankings, which are sure to bring some firecracker results!

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About Phil Kalin

Phil Kalin joined Pinnacol Assurance as CEO in 2013. He has served as the chief executive of both public and privately-backed companies, including large hospital systems, as well as organizations focused on health care data, technology and education. He has been active nationally on health care topics related to insurance, data analytics, technology innovation, cost improvement and risk mitigation. Phil is providing an informed opinion on what we see in the Monthly Economic Indicators.

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