The 12th annual ranking of best places for business and careers named three Utah metro areas in the top 20 cities.
The report considered factors such as cost of living, office rents, educational attainment and past and future job growth. Figures were obtained from government data and Moody's Economy.com.
The magazine "factored in quality-of-life issues like crime, cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as net migration patterns," said Forbes writer Kurt Badenhausen. "Lastly, we examined the percentage of subprime mortgages handed out over a three-year stretch and the number of highly ranked four-year colleges in the area, per our annual college rankings."
Provo, home of Brigham Young University, ranked highly in the number of people ages 25 and older with bachelor's degrees or higher.