According to Kiplinger’s most recent list of top cities, Austin tops the list for top 10 best cities for the next decade.
Given the current economic climate and uncertainty in cities of all cities for various sectors including real estate, it is hard to tell which cities will come out on top when the economy recovers. Kiplinger’s latest search focused on places “that specialize in out-of-the-box thinking.”
“New ideas generate new businesses,” says Kiplinger analyst Kevin Stolarick, who evaluated cities for growth and growth potential.
The top 10 cities:
- Austin, Texas– it’s no coincidence that Agent Genius is headquartered in Austin, according to Kiplinger, “Austin is arguably the the country’s best crucible for small business, offering a dozen community programs that form a neural network of business brainpower to help entrepreneurs. Now overlay that net with a dozen venture-capital funds and 20 or so business associations, plus incubators, educational opportunities and networking events. Mix all these elements in what many call a classless society, where hippie communalism coexists with no-nonsense capitalism, and you’ve got a breeding ground for start-ups.
Don’t discount the fun factor: In the self-proclaimed live-music capital of the world, music and business creativity riff off one another. The city’s famous South by Southwest festival, where concerts, independent film screenings and emerging technology overlap, is a prime example.”
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, D.C.
- Boulder, CO
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Rochester, MN
- Des Moines, IA
- Burlington, VT
- West Hartford, CT
- Topeka, KS
Is your city in the list above? Although Kiplinger’s methodology is unclear, the list above and reasons provided in the article by Kiplinger are quite intriguing, mostly focused on innovation as the reason for weathering the storm.
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