Seattle Rocks! Seattle is the second best place to live in the country, according to Kiplinger’s. It’s because we’re smart!
Kiplinger’s study had an important tenet when evaluating cities. The top cities included smart people, great ideas, and collaboration.
After researching and visiting our 2010 Best Cities, it became clear that the innovation factor has three elements. Mark Emmert, president of the University of Washington in Seattle, put his finger on two of them: smart people and great ideas. But we’d argue that it’s the third element — collaboration — that really supercharges a city’s economic engine. When governments, universities and business communities work together, the economic vitality is impressive.
This is a hub of innovation as the home of Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and Expedia are among many strong innovators in the Seattle area. The economy, the schools, the natural beauty with lakes, mountains, and Puget Sound
are all draws to the area.
Did I also mention that the fresh food and produce available in the N0rthwest is fabulous?