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A new ranking from Forbes put the Provo and Salt Lake City metropolitan areas among the best-positioned regions in the country to recover from the pandemic.

The Forbes article said that Moody’s Analytics came up with the list using population density, workforce quality and educational attainment.

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The authors listed the top 10 and bottom 10 cities alphabetically — not in a ranked order.

In addition to Provo and Salt Lake City, other cities in the top ten were:

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • San Jose, California
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Washington, D.C.

Zions Bank senior economist Robert Spendlove said the Wasatch Front areas were in such a good place because of a diversified economy and all the right building blocks that businesses need.

“That’s kind of our secret sauce is we’ve got a really good workforce,” Spendlove said. “We’ve got great employers and we’ve got good conditions for success.”

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