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Useful Stats II: Top High Tech Metros Identified

May 19, 2000

Forbes magazine, in conjunction with the Milken Institute, released on Monday its second annual "Best Places for Business and Careers" - a ranking of the top 200 metropolitan areas in the United States. The Forbes-Milken Institute list looks at two critical factors to determine which metro areas are the most dynamic: jobs and earnings, and high-technology growth and output. All of the numbers were provided by the Institute's Regional and Demographic Studies group as part of its ongoing research into how high-tech impacts regional economies. 

The top ten metro areas were: 

1. Austin-San Marcos, Texas 

2. Atlanta, Georgia 

3. Santa Rosa, California 

4. Boulder-Longmont, Colorado 

5. Boise City, Idaho 

6. San Diego, California 

7. Orange County, California 

8. San Antonio, Texas 

9. West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Florida 

10. Colorado Springs, Colorado 

To view all 200 rankings and the full story, go to http://www.forbes.com/tool/toolbox/bestplaces/00/index.htm

For a more complete picture on high-tech's impact on local economies, one can download the Milken Institute's report, America's High-Tech Economy: Growth Development, and Risks for Metropolitan Areas, at