Ray Boren
As seen from the east, the stately Logan LDS Temple presides over Logan and the farmlands of Cache Valley from a prominent ridge.

SALT LAKE CITY — Four small Utah cities have been named in the top 10 for growing entrepreneurship in a new study from Verizon, according to Inc.

  • Logan tops the list thanks to Utah State University, which “specializes” in studies that attract talent vital to businesses, like engineering and science. USU also attracts more out-of-state students than any other public university in Utah.
  • South Jordan is ranked fourth due to its proximity to Salt Lake City and a number of tech startups.
  • Lehi was listed at No. 7, thanks to Adobe, Microsoft and Vivint’s presence.
  • Taylorsville is No. 8 and gains an advantage thanks to transportation, logistics and its friendliness towards retail and manufacturing operations.
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Verizon’s definition of a small city is one with 50,000-75,000 residents. The study examined 300 cities across the United States and settled on 50 of the best places for business. The methodology includes the number of residents with college degrees, commute times, infrastructure and the number of existing businesses.

Tech and startup-friendly cities in Utah are represented as Silicon Slopes, referencing the region’s similarity to the innovative environment in California’s Silicon Valley. Forbes also currently ranks Utah as the second-best state for business, giving it high marks for a positive economic climate and strong labor supply.