Forbes ranks the Denver Metro Area #1 in its annual list of Best Places for Business and Careers. According to Forbes, “The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, home to 2.8 million people, is attractive for its diverse economy, highly educated labor force and outdoor recreational opportunities. Companies are increasingly choosing Denver as the site for new operations or to relocate.” For example, Panasonic North America, selected Denver as the location for its primary U.S. innovation and sales hub. The new campus is expected to create 330 jobs at an average wage of nearly $90,000. Lockheed Martin recently relocated the headquarters of its commercial space operations to Denver. The $46 billion-in-sales aerospace and defense contractor has more than 4,500 employees in the Denver area. Denver’s economy has become increasingly diverse, attracting workers in aviation, bioscience, energy, financial services, information technology, healthcare and telecommunications. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 100,000 out-of-state migrants moved to Denver between 2010 and 2014, which is the fifth larges influx among U.S. metro areas.

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