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Provo ranked top city in U.S. for business, jobs

Published July 2, 2012 7:28 am

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Provo has been ranked as the top city in the U.S. for business and jobs by a national business magazine.

Ogden came in No. 6 and Salt Lake City No. 24 on Forbes magazine's annual "Best Place for Business and Careers."

Provo, which finished ahead of Raleigh, N.C., and Fort Collins, Colo., enjoyed the third best job growth in the country last year at 3 percent.

Forbes said Ogden ranked so high because it serves as the regional economic hub for northern Utah.

Forbes considered a dozen factors relating to job growth, business and living costs, past and projected income growth and educational attainment.

Other factors included quality of life, crime rates, cultural and recreational opportunities, and the number of highly ranked colleges.