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    Portland #5: Best Places For Business And Careers

    Millennials became the largest share of the American workforce last year, with adults aged 18 to 34 representing more than one-third of the labor pool. Young workers’ attitudes toward work are a bit different than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, though. The most important factor when choosing a job for millennials: a good work-life balance, according to a survey of nearly 8,000 global millennials by Deloitte.

    Forbes crunched the numbers on the 401 metropolitan statistical areas and divisions in the U.S. for its 18th annual Best Places for Business and Careers. Denver nabbed the top spot for the second straight year thanks to its diverse economy, growth outlook and educated workforce.

    Provo, Utah, ranks second this year, up two spots from 2015. The home of Brigham Young University had the fastest job growth last year among the 200 largest metro areas at 6%, as well as the second fastest over the past five years. Local companies like Micron TechnologyAdobe Systems and Nestle benefit from business costs that are 18% below the national average. The $22 billion Provo economy is projected to expand at the third fastest rate in the U.S., according to Moody’s Analytics.

    Rounding out the top five are Raleigh, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

    1. Denver
    2. Provo
    3. Raleigh
    4. Seattle
    5. Portland

    Forbes | Kurt Badenhausen

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