Steamboat earns variety of accolades, including Top 3 spot to start a business |

Steamboat earns variety of accolades, including Top 3 spot to start a business

Want to start a business in Steamboat Springs? You picked a good spot: Steamboat was recently deemed one of the top three places to start a business in Colorado.

Consumer finance website NerdWallet bestowed the honor after using U.S. Census data to gauge and rank Steamboat’s business climate and economic health. For its findings, the group crunched numbers on 85 locations with at least 5,000 people. The business climate ranking was based on the average revenue of businesses, percentage of businesses with paid employees and the number of businesses per 100 people.

It also analyzed median annual income, median monthly housing costs and the unemployment rate. Analyst Jonathan Todd found Steamboat is home to nearly 3,500 businesses, with the average revenue per business eclipsing $1 million. “A number of the city’s homegrown businesses have made it big,” Todd says.

Steamboat news accolades

Steamboat Springs has made it onto several top lists from national publications and organizations:

  • Nerd Wallet, Top 3 Places to Start a Business in Colorado
  • Matador Network, 21 Coolest Ski Towns in North America
  • Ski magazine, Best in the West: Ski Resorts
  • U.S. News and World Report: 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.; 5th Healthiest County in the Country (2020)
  • Men’s Journal,
The 20 Best Mountain Towns in America
  • Outside magazine, 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.
  • Budget Travel, America’s Coolest Small Towns
  •, 30 Most Beautiful Towns in America
  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Most Veterans Friendly Little City in Colorado
  • New York Times, 52 Places to Go

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