Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat top 3 town to start a business

Start a business in Steamboat Springs and you picked a good spot.

Following such accolades as being named Dog Town USA, Bike Town USA and one of MarketWatch’s 10 greatest mountain towns for retirees, Steamboat was also 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 Steamboats business climate and economic health. For its findings, NerdWallet 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 citys homegrown businesses have made it big, including SmartWool and Moots Cycles,” Todd says. “Moots started as a four-person operation and now employs about 25 full-time workers with its bicycles sold around the world.”

The study proclaimed that only Aspen and Greenwood Village were better places than Steamboat to start a business in Colorado.


Steamboat in the news

Letterman had his lists, and Steamboat has its own. For proof of Steamboats stature, consider recent lists Steamboat has made from national publications and organizations:

Outside magazine, 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. (2016)

USA Today, 10 Best Rivers for Tubing

Budget Travel, Americas Coolest Small Towns

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Most Veterans Friendly Little City in Colorado

New York Times, 52 Places to Go in 2015

National Geographic, World’s 25 Best Ski Towns

Smithsonian, 20 Best Small Towns to Visit:

Forbes, 10 Best American Ski Towns

Ski Magazine, Top Western Ski Resorts:

MarketWatch, 10 Great Mountain Towns for Retirees:

USA Today, 10 Best Spring Break Destinations:

USA Today, 10 Best Offseason Ski Resorts for Summer Adventure

• Sunset magazine, Top 10 Ski Towns in the West

Tripfind, Top 10 Uncrowded Ski Resorts in North America

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