Economic Confidence

Boulder leads the nation for the most positive economic outlook, followed by two other Colorado cities in the top 10 — No. 3 Fort Collins and No. 9 Denver. (Photo: Unsplash)


Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Boulder leads the nation for the most positive economic outlook, followed by two other Colorado cities in the top 10 — No. 3 Fort Collins and No. 9 Denver. According to the recent survey by,a positive economic outlook is driven largely by where you live more than by a national or political view of a national economy.

Colorado is the only state with three cities in Indeed’s top 10. Smaller mountain-state metro area residents performed well when surveyed about the economy and their personal outlook. Tech hubs also fared well, such as the
San Francisco Bay Area, Austin and Raleigh.  

The following 10 U.S. cities have the highest economic confidence, according to

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Provo-Orem, UT
  3. Fort Collins, CO
  4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  5. Boise, ID
  6. Ann Arbor, MI
  7. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  8. Austin, Round Rock, TX
  9. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
  10. Raleigh, NC

For the 2,000 American adults nationwide surveyed on politics and attitudes about the economy, local economic conditions such as lower unemployment, faster job growth, and a more educated workforce correlate with local economic confidence.

Nine percent describe their regional economic conditions as excellent and 51 percent say their economies are good. To analyze the local influence on economic perspective, Indeed combined answers to survey questions with data on local job markets.

Five factors were found to drive local economic confidence:

Personal finances

81 percent of respondents rate their personal financial situation as excellent or good and say the same about local economic conditions.

National economic view

83 percent who rate national economics as excellent or good say the same about local economic conditions. The survey found that views of the national economic situation are also strongly influenced by politics, with 73 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats rating national economic conditions excellent or good.

Local unemployment rate

Respondents in areas with lower unemployment rates have a more positive economic outlook. The outlook is likely driven by the view that a lower unemployment rate results in more job opportunities and bargaining power for workers, which should translate into faster wage growth.

Higher local job growth

Job growth where you live means expanding opportunities and rising home prices. The majority of homeowners like this combined dynamic.

Highly educated populations

For those who live in areas where a larger percentage of adults have a college degree – such as the Denver-metro area – there is a correlation with higher earnings and more spending power.

People are more optimistic when they live in places that are doing well economically. That holds true for those who live in Colorado where unemployment rates continue to be among the lowest in the nation and job growth remains strong. 

Yahoo Finance article:

Indeed’s full report at:

By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the owner and founder of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom
at, call 303.441.5620 or visit