Best Places to Live

Seattle, WA

Population: 653,017

Courtesy of Jonathan Miske under a CC 4.0 license.

Mention “Seattle startup,” and the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is Starbucks. But aside from a slew of other renowned coffee brands (Tully’s Coffee, Espresso Vivace, and Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Company), Seattle is also a major tech hub in the U.S., causing some to wonder if it’s Silicon Valley’s “next favorite stop.”

Business Growth (2011-2015): 10%

Employment Growth (2011-2015): 9%