No. 1: Boulder, Colo.

No. 1: Boulder, Colo.

Population: 98,100
Patents per 10,000 pop.: 22.3
Creative Professionals: 29.3%
BA or Higher: 69.1%

Long a destination for the outdoorsy, Boulder has become a hub for tech startups, with the University of Colorado and national research labs attracting talent and funding.

Boulder's ZoomProspector profile