Denver is the second most competitive place to do business, ranking behind Seattle and ahead of Portland, Ore., in a new study of 19 metro areas across the U.S. The report examined three factors: the economy, the environment and equity – or how well wealth and social services are spread out.

Denver rose to No. 2 from No. 4, scoring highly for its business climate and ability to attract venture capital funding for start-up companies. The study suggested that cities need to think about how the three distinct “quality-of-life” indicators, the economy, the environment and equity, are linked. The latter category includes income distribution and housing affordability. (Source: Rocky Mountain News 07/13/05)