The metro Denver area ranked second in the country on a list titled “10 Best Cities for Business Graduates to Move To” compiled by Washington D.C. ranked #1. had 3 primary ranking factors: “unemployment rate, number of job openings per 1,000 in a business or financial occupation, and the average cost of living and hourly wage.”

Next, WalletHub named the best large cities to start a business list and Denver ranked #12 out of 182 large cities. Why? WalletHub looked at 19 different criteria including business costs, business environment, startups per capital and their 5 year survival rate.

Zumper an apartment rental website ranked metro Denver as the 19th most expensive market in the country to rent a 1 bedroom apartment with median rent of $1440, an increase of 15.2% in the last year.

For 2 bedroom apartments metro Denver was the 16th most expensive market with median rent of $1960, also an increase of > 15% in the last year.

The City of Aurora was named the 3rd best city in the country to “Live the American Dream” in according to SmartAsset.

The CBRE ranked Denver as the 7th best city for commercial real estate investors, up from #8 last year. The DBJ reported that Denver is close to becoming a “primary market” instead of a “secondary market”.