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Boise Makes Top 5 In Inc.’s List Of Best Entrepreneurial Cities

Alden Skeie

Despite how you feel about it, Boise has yet another listicle to brag about: Business magazine Inc. ranked the City of Trees number five on its list of the 50 Best U.S. Cities for Starting a Business in 2020.

Making a list of this sort won’t surprise anyone who’s been paying attention to Boise’s growing profile. Last year, Forbes named Boise the fastest-growing city in 2018 and the year prior, Boise ranked 20th on Forbes’ list of Best Cities For Young Professionals. The city added more accolades in 2019 by being ranked the best place to live for millenials and the best U.S. city to buy a house. In other words, the secret’s out, and has been for some time: Boise is a great place to live.

Aside from living, Boise is now a great place to work — or start work. According to Inc., Idaho’s capital city is attractive to entrepreneurs for a number of reasons, namely its relatively low cost of living. Among the factors measured to determine its ranking for the 2020 Surge Cities index, Boise came in second for population growth and third for both job creation and net business creation.

Boise has Mountain West company in the top five, as Salt Lake City ranked number two and Denver, number four. Austin topped the list, leading the nation in job creation and high-growth company destiny. Durham, North Carolina ranked third. Boise’s number five slot puts it just above San Francisco, home to the entrepreneurial region of Silicon Valley.

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