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Three Utah cities make Forbes' list of best places for business and careers

Published August 9, 2013 11:34 am

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A trio of Utah cities are on Forbes magazine's 2013 list of the top 25 places for business and careers.

• Provo, at No. 2, saw the number of jobs swell by 5 percent last year. The metropolitan population of Provo is 552,800. Its Gross Metro Product — a measure of the size of its economy — was $18 billion last year. GMP is expected to grow 2.9 percent in the next 12 months.

• No. 12 was Salt Lake City. Its metro population totaled 1.16 million. GMP was $71 billion, and is expected to grow 4.1 percent in the coming year.

Utah's capital was singled out for its business-friendly environment, low energy costs and proximity to seven ski resorts.

• Ogden was ranked No. 16. Its metro population was pegged at 563,900. GMP was $21 billion last year. Ogden's economy will grow another 3.2 percent this year, Forbes said.

The magazine noted that Business Depot Ogden, a former U.S. Army defense depot, has been converted into a 1,128-acre state-of-the-art industrial park.

— Paul Beebe