The Puget Sound region has a history of attracting high tech talent and spawning technology startups, and a number of sources have recently published rankings looking at the hottest, best, and top cities for business and entrepreneurship.
The Prosperity Partnership’s Regional Economic Strategy analyzes a number of economic foundations that help support economic development and looked at how the Puget Sound region stacked up to peers.
Other regions, organizations and news outlets continually look at different measures to compare the attractiveness of regions to business and entrepreneurship.
Each of these rankings uses a unique methodology. Some are focused on traditional definitions of business climate like tax levels, cost of living, wages and cost of office space.
Others measure quality of life characteristics that individuals look to before choosing where to hang their entrepreneurial hat, like local atmosphere, access to other entrepreneurs, or a strong culture of female entrepreneurship. The Seattle region continues to be at or near the top across many of these rankings:
- Entrepreneur magazine reports that the Startup Genome ranked Seattle #4 in the World’s 20 Hottest Startup Scenes .
- The Kauffman Foundation, with technology policy coalition Engine, ranked Seattle #5 in the 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech Startups.
- Entrepreneur magazine reports that GoodApril, a San Francisco-based tax-planning startup, ranked Seattle #2 in the 7 Hottest Startup Scenes in the U.S.
- Forbes reports that NerdWallet ranked Seattle #6 in the 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs.
- Under30CEO ranked Seattle #10 in the 30 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs.
- Forbes compiled their 15th annual Best Places for Business and Careers in the U.S. and Seattle ranked #9.
- Intuit ranked Seattle #2 in their Top Cities for Female Entrepreneurs.