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DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Denver ranks No. 4 on the latest Forbes list of the nation's best places for business, released Wednesday, and Fort Collins comes in at No. 5.

Greeley places at No. 20 on Forbes' list of 200 U.S. metro areas, while Boulder comes in at No. 23 and Colorado Springs at No. 29.

"Both [Denver and Fort Collins] feature highly educated workforces and strong net migration patterns," Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen reports. "Denver's business and living costs are higher than any other city in the top five, but its diverse economy and significant outdoor recreational options continue to attract educated, young professionals."

Forbes notes that net migration into the Denver area has been among the strongest in the U.S. over the past five years.

As for Fort Collins, "many high-tech companies including Hewlett-Packard, Intel and AMD have relocated operations to Fort Collins in part to take advantage of the resources of Colorado State University and its research facilities," Badenhausen says. "Fort Collins has the highest level of high school attainment (95% of the adult population) and ranks ninth best for college attainment at 45%.

See some other cities that made the list on the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/1nhpg1A.

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