Chelsey Allder, Deseret News
Aerial view of downtown Salt Lake City, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake is the 12th "Best (City) to Found a Startup Outside Silicon Valley and New York" in 2015.

Salt Lake is also "the ideal place to start a company" for those who want a "family-friendly, deep-root environment," business research firm DataFox reported.

To generate their results, DataFox looked at 12,000 U.S.-based startup companies, and factored in the availability of capital, affordability, success of early-stage companies and a community of entrepreneurs.

The study references Salt Lake City's culture of growth, high startup density and low cost of living as three major factors that make the city a good place for startups.

Additionally, Utah came in eighth in Gallup-Healthways' 2014 State Well-Being Rankings. This high quality of life standard means "a founder with a family can buy a large home with a backyard in Salt Lake, rather than an overpriced condo she'd struggle to afford in San Francisco," DataFox's Anisha Sekar writes.

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As far as networking goes, Salt Lake City has six business incubators — which is defined as an organization that helps budding businesses grow — including the Impact Hub and a large LDS population to peddle products as salespeople, according to the study.

Other cities included in the study were Cambridge, Massachussets; Santa Monica, California; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Boulder, Colorado; Wilmington, Delaware; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; Scottsdale, Arizona; St. Louis, Missouri; Durham, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington and Providence, Rhode Island.

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