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Top ten cities for new college grads named

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Raleigh is number six on the list of the top ten cities for new college grads from Apartments.com.

Raleigh is number six on the list of the top ten cities for new college grads from Apartments.com.

College graduates from across the country have more in common than that shiny new diploma and the class of ’13 distinction. No matter where they received their degree, they all face the same life-changing decision: where to work and where to live.

 While the national unemployment rate is moving down, competition for jobs is still stiff, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics citing 11.7 million unemployed persons (April 2013) and a mere 3.8 million available jobs (March 2013).

With apartment rents increasing each year and the continuing challenges of a slower economy, it is becoming more important for recent grads to explore the possibility of starting their professional lives in a city that offers the best overall opportunity for employment, career success, living affordability and an energetic, youthful culture.

Making the decision easier

For the sixth year, Apartments.com has complied the “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates” to help make this big decision a little easier.

“When starting the search process, it can be tempting to focus on just the biggest cities,” said Tammy Kotula, public relations and promotions manager for Apartments.com. “In fact, many other ‘best of’ lists tend to be heavily weighted toward the country’s largest markets, which obviously offer a lot of career opportunities.

However, it is important to carefully consider all aspects that a city, even a smaller market, has to offer before deciding where to settle down.”

Personally, we’d look at how these cities and the states they are in treat the “creative class,” and their support for education, and recreation, as well, for instance.

Kotula added that the first step should be to identify cities that offer affordability alongside professional opportunity. Hand-in-hand with this qualification is to try and determine if the city’s demographics line up with those of a recent college graduate.

“If you are single and in your early to mid-20s, chances are the lifestyle in a city with a similar demographic profile will be more appealing than it would if you were striking out on your own in a market that is heavily skewed toward married households with a higher median population age,” continues Kotula.

The sixth annual Apartments.com “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates” list is a resource designed to help identify the best places in the country for new graduates to begin this chapter of their lives, taking into account employment opportunities, salary, rent for a one bedroom apartment and the city’s median age and percentage of male and female only households, as an indicator of the youthful singles’ scene.

The Apartments.com 2013 “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates” list, along with the average rent for a one bedroom apartment, includes: 

Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates Average Rent for 1 Bedroom Apartment
1.        Phoenix, AZ $ 708
2.        Orlando, FL $ 857
3.        San Antonio, TX $ 794
4.        Columbus, OH $ 634
5.        Austin, TX $ 1,006
6.        Raleigh, NC $ 788
7.        Oklahoma City, OK $ 722
8.        Fort Worth, TX $ 795
9.        Dallas, TX $ 983
10.     Minneapolis, MN $ 1,177

The Apartments.com “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates” list distinguishes itself from other “best of” lists through its comprehensive view of what qualifies a city to be considered.

“Over the past six years that Apartments.com has been culling this list, we have adapted to economic changes and have adjusted our methodology accordingly,” states Dick Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Apartments.com. “This way we are evaluating what is most meaningful to recent graduates in the context of the bigger picture in unemployment, affordability and other key factors.”

Affordability, unemployment considered

This year’s list took into account affordability vs. just median income, which gave advantage to cities where the average rent for a one bedroom apartment falls within the recommended 25% of gross median income. In addition, unemployment was a major factor in determining this sixth annual list. Cities with unemployment above 7% were eliminated.

Burke adds, “We believe that a low unemployment rate contributes to a vibrant community with more job opportunity across the board, which is good not only for entry level positions, but also as an indicator of potential as a person moves through his or her career.”

In addition, this year’s list takes into account demographics. Added weight was given to cities with the highest percentage of population between 25-29 years of age and men-and-women-only households, as an indicator of the youthfulness and singles scene in each market.

In addition, cities with significantly low or high median age for population were eliminated. Kotula comments, “This helped steer our list away from all college towns, which is reflected by a low median population age, as well as cities that skew more middle to retirement age population-wise.”

Which states, cities and counties have the best web sites?

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Best of the WebA look at the top government websites and digital achievement awards from the Center for Digital Government might surprise you.

The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications. Fifty-six awards in eight categories were given this year.

While it’s no surprise to see California among the top states and a tech hub city such as Raleigh, NC on the awards list, the Best of the Web winners were Alabama (state), Louisville (city) and Orange County, FL (county).

“Digital technology has fundamentally changed the way people interact with their government and we are seeing it demonstrated through everything from full service portals to special purpose mobile apps,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. ”

Here’s the full list of winners:

2012 BEST OF THE WEB AWARDS

State Portal Category:

1st Place: Alabama
2nd Place: California
3rd Place: Utah
4th Place: Rhode Island
5th Place: Mississippi
Finalists:
Maine
Michigan
Nebraska
Texas
Virginia

County Portal Category:

1st Place: Orange County, Fla.
2nd Place: Pinellas County, Fla.
3rd Place: Alameda County, Calif.
4th Place: Miami-Dade County, Fla.
5th Place: Chesterfield County, Va.
Finalists:
Baltimore County, Md.
County of Maui, Hawaii
County of Sacramento, Calif.
Glynn County, Ga.
Martin County, Fla.
Monroe County, N.Y.
Roanoke County, Va.

City Portal Category:

1st Place: City of Louisville, Ky.
2nd Place: City of Arvada, Colo.
3rd Place: City of Raleigh, N.C.
4th Place: City of Riverside, Calif.
5th Place: City of Austin, Texas
Finalists:
City of Chandler, Ariz.
City of Danville, Va.
City of Independence, Mo.
City of Lakewood, Colo.
City of Tampa, Fla.

2012 DIGITAL GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS’

Driving Digital Government Local government category
Boston About Results (BAR)
Change by Us Philly, Mayor’s Office, City of Philadelphia
City of Riverside, Calif. On-boarding Form
G2G Cloud Solutions, Oakland County, Mich.
Property Tax Calculator, City of Overland Park, Kan.
Wake Accountability Tax Check (WATCH), Wake County, N.C.
Honorable Mention:
Sacramento County Mobile Food Inspection Application

Driving Digital Government State government category
Winners:
Indiana State Police Mobile Bus Inspection Application
Ninth Judicial Court, Fla. Centralized Remote Interpreting
W. Va. Homeland Security & Emergency Management Suspicious Activity Reporting Mobile App
Utah Master Index
Honorable Mention:
CalVet Mobile App Project

Driving Digital Government Federal government category
Winners:
FY 2013 Budget Mobile Web Application, U.S. Government Printing Office
Interactive Data Tables (iTable) for Transparency of Underlying Economic Data, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Government-to-business category
Winners:
California MyFTB Account for Businesses
Maine.gov Regulatory Licensing and Permitting
New Jersey e-Temp Tags
New Jersey Uniform Commercial Code
South Carolina Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code Online
Texas.gov Nurse License Renewal
Utah One-Stop Business Registration v. 4
Honorable Mentions:
AgriMissouri.com
Washington State Employment and Economic Information

Government-to-citizen Local government category
Winners:
Automatic Citation Processing to Bank Deposit, Bell County, Texas
Online Property Tax Services, Stearns County, Minn.
Precinct Atlas, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Property Gateway, Oakland County, Mich.
Salt Lake City Solar Mapping
San Diego County Emergency Portal Website
San Francisco Property Information Map
The New OCVote.com, Orange County, Calif.

Government-to-citizen State government category
Winners:
Autism Help App for Emergencies, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
Colorado Gambling Intercept Payments
Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK)
Idaho OTG (On-The-Go) Mobile Payments
Tennessee Driver Service Center Self-Service iPad Kiosks
Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) Redesign Project
Texas.gov Driver License Eligibility and Reinstatement
Utah Warrants Check
Honorable Mentions:
Hawaii Mobile App for Annual Professional and Vocational License Renewal
Texas.gov Driver License Renewal and Change of Address

Government-to-government category
Winners:
California Routing on Empirical Data (RED) Project
Court Notify eSubpoena Project, Riverside County, Calif. Sheriff Department
Criminal Discovery: Law Enforcement Upload, North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
Data Systems to Support an Integrated Human Services Model Across Allegheny County, Penn.
Justice Electronic Library System (JELS), San Diego County, Calif.
The California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE)
Honorable Mention:
Texas Crash Reporting and Analysis for Safer Highways (CRASH)

Government internal category
Winners:
U.S. Army Knowledge Online Identity Management (IdM) System
California Secure File Transfer Service
California Data Center Retrofitting and Modernization Project (RaMP)
City of Austin’s Flood Early Warning System
Communications Technology Management Green IT Program, City of Austin
Data Mining Solution for Welfare Fraud Detection, County of Los Angeles, Calif.
Utah GovPay (new release)
Honorable Mention:
Cloud Applications for Local Sustainability Programs, City of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Downtrodden but not whipped, Sunbelt economies are resurging

Friday, March 16th, 2012
John Sikaitis

John Sikaitis, SVP of Research, Jones Lang Lasalle

Recent economic and real estate factors indicate that most of the Sunbelt geographies have already hit their cyclical lows and during the next six to 12 months are likely to surpass national growth rates, according to a special office report issued by Jones Lang LaSalle.

Many of these areas are also hotspots for the digital economy, particularly San Diego, LA, and South Florida. This is also more evidence for something we have pointed out repeatedly at the TechJournal – the resilient U.S. economy is climbing out of its recessionary doldrums.

Although nearly all areas of the U.S. were negatively impacted by the recession, some of the hardest hit were the Sunbelt markets of Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

“The Sunbelt markets witnessed substantial drops in their overall economies in 2007-2009 with relatively no recovery in 2010-2011. However, despite ongoing negative perceptions, most of these markets are undergoing a resurgence and poised for dramatic changes in 2012 and beyond,” said John Sikaitis, Senior Vice President of Research at Jones Lang LaSalle.

“These economic upswings bring much optimism for future office and employment levels, as well as investor interest for the capital markets.”

Sunbelt office recovery indicates future gains to surpass national levels
Currently nearly all Sunbelt markets posted substantial upticks in occupancy, experienced declines in vacancy and moved closer to seeing office rents and concession levels hit bottom.

In 2011, occupancy gains in these beaten-down housing economies totaled nearly 6.0 million square feet and provided evidence that, as we move forward in 2012, most of these geographies will start to outpace the national recovery.

This resurgence is due to strengthening employment, migration and housing market shifts with absorption rates in the 1.5 percent to 2.0 percent range across most the Sunbelt geographies.

Sunbelt-wide employment gains outperforming national averages of late and picking up speed month by month
Markets such as Jacksonville, Miami, Orange County, San Diego, Tampa and West Palm Beach have surpassed the national average in total non-farm, private and professional and business services (PBS) job growth.

Floridian markets have dominated the jobs recovery of late: Jacksonville’s 5.9 percent annual increase in PBS jobs is among the largest in the nation, whileTampa’s 2.5+ percent annual growth in all measures shows signs of revival and diversification. Miami also surpasses both national expectations, increasing at around 1.9 percent overall annually.

Sunbelt migration trends starting to turn positive
In terms of domestic migration, the majority of Sunbelt cities display a common pattern: a net loss of residents in 2007, shifting to an inflow of residents in 2008 or 2009 and then stable, yet increasing, population growth in 2010 and through 2011.

Nearly 75 percent of the Sunbelt markets are now, once again, showing significant positive migration with Florida reporting the largest increase of at least 20 percent. As the hub to Latin America, Miami and Fort Lauderdale are leading the charge due to strong immigration trends from Latin America that drive population, business and economic growth.

Sunbelt’s housing crunch on the verge of stabilizing
Since their pre-recession peaks, housing markets within the Sunbelt have experienced drastic reductions in price and sale volume, far greater than any other region of the United States. In most cases, these housing markets have yet to begin recovery.

However, as a result of positive office demand growth, employment and migration indicators, there is a strong chance that most of these geographies are hitting their market low and will soon begin to recover, if this has not begun already.

Since employment and other indicators point to recovery while housing prices are only beginning to stabilize or in some cases are still decreasing, continued economic, employment and office sector growth will lead to gradual, but steady, gains in the housing sector moving forward.

2007 levels far off but future gains are on the horizon
Vital to the continued improvement of most Sunbelt geographies in 2012 will be consistent gains in employment across multiple sectors with emphasis on diversifying economies.

Since job performance has remained either constant or accelerating in these metropolitan areas not only among themselves, but also outpacing national results, it is probable that most Sunbelt markets will recover faster than the U.S. as a whole in 2012 and 2013.  They will see rebounds in their housing markets as well, driving even further office demand from the housing-sectors (i.e. homebuilding, mortgage companies, etc.)

Sikaitis added, “Whereas migratory patterns drove the Sunbelt to unprecedented growth in the pre-recession years, those patterns will now be reflective of recent strong office recovery in these markets, being more economically sustainable and diverse than before with the potential to surpass the rest of the country.

“Even with these positive shifts, most of these geographies are two to three years away from returning to pre-2007 levels; so, while we are upbeat about the recovery for these markets, we remain realistic and guarded in the fact that we are not yet back to 2006 territory and likely will not be until the 2014-2015 timeframe.”

Open Table names 100 U.S. restaurants providing best service

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

OpenTableBusiness travelers frequently need restaurants that have great food, but also good service, since they’re often on the run. If you’re looking for U.S. restaurants with top notch service, here’s some help from Open Table.

OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN), a  provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, has disclosed the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the 100 restaurants in the United States providing the best service.

Open Table founder Chuck Templeton is among the top speakers at the Southeast Venture Conference which started this morning in Tysons Corner, VA, and runs through tomorrow.  Templeton created and defined the restaurant reservation space after founding OpenTable in 1998, after his wife spent a frustrating evening one night trying to make dinner reservations for his visiting in-laws one night in San Francisco.

OpenTable’s successful IPO in 2009 was a milestone that helped to reopen the public market for tech companies.

Awards reflect millions of opinions

These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Regionally, the honorees span 29 states and Washington, D.C. The South reinforces the notion of southern hospitality, with 22 restaurants in the region being singled out for best service. The Northeast boasts 15 winning restaurants, including 10 in New York alone.

The Pacific region accounts for 14 winners, 10 of which are in California, as does the Mid-Atlantic, with six restaurants in Virginia claiming spots. Eleven winners come from the Great Lakes Region, four of which are in the Twin Citiesarea.

The Pacific Northwest and the Southwest follow with seven honorees apiece. The Rocky Mountain States count five winners, while the Central Plains has four, three of which are in Missouri. One restaurant in Hawaii also earned a nod.

American food restaurants rack up 40 winners

Superior service can be found across a number of cuisines. Restaurants serving American food, however, account for 40 winners. French restaurants earned 25 places on the list.

Steakhouses followed with 17 spots. Seven Italian restaurants are among the winners. Other cuisines include continental, global international, Japanese, seafood, and sushi.

“The most memorable part of a meal may not be just what’s on your plate, but also, that exceptional staffer who goes the extra step to ensure an enjoyable dining experience,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer.

“These winning restaurants understand this concept and have consciously created a culture of hospitality that is embraced by both front and back of house professionals. Whether it’s a grand gesture, such as a tour of the kitchen, or a simple one, like a warm smile from an attentive server, diners are coming away from these restaurants feeling special.”

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 restaurants providing the best service are generated from nearly 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between February 2011 and January 2012. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the highest average rating in the service category.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the top 100 restaurants with the best service in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners.

The complete list may also be viewed athttp://www.opentable.com/bestservice.

2012 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for Restaurants in the U.S. with the Best Service

Acqua Restaurant & Wine Bar – White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Acquerello – San Francisco, California

Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California

Bacchanalia – Atlanta, Georgia

Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Binkley’s Restaurant – Cave Creek, Arizona

Bistro L’Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia

Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York

Bluestem – Kansas City, Missouri

Bones – Atlanta, Georgia

Cafe Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia

Canlis – Seattle, Washington

Capital Grille – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Castagna – Portland, Oregon

Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse – Downers Grove, Illinois

Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland

Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina

Chez Francois – Vermilion, Ohio

Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas

CityZen – Washington, D.C.

Congress – Austin, Texas

The Copper Door – Hayesville, North Carolina

Corbett’s Fine Dining – Louisville, Kentucky

Cyrus – Healdsburg, California

Daniel – New York, New York

Daniel-Lounge Seating – New York, New York

Del Posto – New York, New York

Dewz – Modesto, California

The Dining Room-Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina

Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York

Elizabeth on 37th – Savannah, Georgia

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California

Fat Canary – Williamsburg, Virginia

Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina

Fig Tree – Charlotte, North Carolina

Forage – Salt Lake City, Utah

Fountain Restaurant – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Frasca Food and Wine – Boulder, Colorado

The French Room – Dallas, Texas

Genoa Restaurant – Portland, Oregon

Gordon Ramsay at the London – New York, New York

The Grill-The Ritz Carlton – Naples, Florida

Grouse Mountain Grill – Avon, Colorado

Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina

Hannas Prime Steak – Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Herons – Cary, North Carolina

Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama

The Hobbit – Orange, California

joan’s in the Park – St. Paul, Minnesota

Kai-Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona

Killen’s Steakhouse – Pearland, Texas

The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California

La Belle Vie – Minneapolis, Minnesota

La Grenouille – New York, New York

La Mer at Halekulani – Honolulu, Hawaii

L’Auberge Chez Francois – Great Falls, Virginia

Le Bernardin – New York, New York

Les Nomades – Chicago, Illinois

L’Etoile Restaurant – Madison, Wisconsin

Madrona Manor – Healdsburg, California

Mahogany Prime Omaha – Omaha, Nebraska

Marcel’s – Washington, D.C.

The Melting Pot – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Menton – Boston, Massachusetts

Michael’s-South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

Mitchell’s Ocean Club – Columbus, Ohio

Morton’s The Steakhouse – Portland, Oregon

New York Prime – Myrtle Beach, Florida

Niche – St. Louis, Missouri

Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey

o ya – Boston, Massachusetts

Opus 9 Steakhouse – Williamsburg, Virginia

Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio

The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon

Palace Arms at the Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado

Peninsula Grill – Charleston, South Carolina

Pepper Tree Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Per Se – New York, New York

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel – Washington, D.C.

Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse – Dallas, Texas

The Restaurant at Meadowood – Saint Helena, California

Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tennessee

Rover’s – Seattle, Washington

Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas

Russell’s Steaks, Chops, and More – Williamsville, New York

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Jacksonville, Florida

Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina

Sedgley Place – Greene, Maine

Sonoma – Princeton, Massachusetts

St. John’s Restaurant – Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Steak House at Silver Reef – Ferndale, Washington

Tony’s – St. Louis, Missouri

TRU – Chicago, Illinois

Uchi – Austin, Texas

Uchiko – Austin, Texas

Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse – Las Vegas, Nevada

Vintage Tavern – Suffolk, Virginia

White Barn Inn – Kennebunk, Maine

Woodfire Grill – Atlanta, Georgia

Diners can also read more about the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Best Service restaurants in the U.S. by visiting OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter’s “Dining Check” blog.

Software companies dominate Deloitte’s 2011Tech Fast 500

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

DeloitteSoftware companies dominate on Deloitt’s 2011 Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Software firms account for 39 percent of the entire list, with 194 companies. Not surprisingly the West is home to the most (37%) Fast 500 tech firms.

Five of the top 10 companies in this year’s rankings are from the software industry, including Avigilon (No. 4), ServiceNow (No. 5), NexJ Systems Inc. (No. 6), Real Matters (No. 7) and HubSpot (No. 8).

MAKO Surgical Corp., an orthopedic medical device company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., ranked No. 1.

MAKO Surgical Corp.’s fiscal year revenue of $44.29 million and five year fiscal growth rate of 70,211 percent topped this year’s ranking which is based on the percentage of fiscal year revenue growth from 2006 to 2010.

“Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 recognizes some of the most exciting technology companies in North America today,” saidEric Openshaw, vice chairman and U.S. Technology, Media & Telecommunications leader, Deloitte LLP. “We are proud to honor MAKO Surgical Corp., and we congratulate all of the ranked companies for their extraordinary achievements.”

The top ten ranked companies are as follows:

2011 Rank Company Sector Revenue Growth(2006 to 2010) City, State
1 MAKO Surgical Corp.www.makosurgical.com Medical Equipment 70,211 percent Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2 Accedian Networkswww.accedian.com Communications/Networking 50,136 percent Saint-Laurent, QC
3 RTI Cryogenics Inc.www.rticryo.com Clean Technology 46,278 percent Cambridge, ON
4 Avigilonwww.avigilon.com Software 38,796 percent Vancouver, BC
5 ServiceNowwww.service-now.com Software 32,048 percent San Diego, CA
6 NexJ Systems Inc.www.nexj.com Software 29,161 percent Toronto, ON
7 Real Matterswww.realmatters.com Software 28,265 percent Markham, ON
8 HubSpotwww.hubspot.com Software 27,746 percent Cambridge, MA
9 AVI BioPharma, Inc.www.avibio.com Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical 25,483 percent Bothell, WA
10 ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.www.ariad.com Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical 19,875 percent Cambridge, MA

Mark Jensen, managing partner of Deloitte’s national venture capital services group, added, “During the 17 years Deloitte has published this list, some deeply entrenched patterns have evolved. Software companies have dominated year-over-year, and the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. have consistently attracted innovative, high growth companies.”

West region yields highest concentration of Fast 500 companies, followed by Northeast

Overall, the West remains home to the highest concentration of Technology Fast 500 companies (37 percent), trailed by the Northeast (24 percent), Canada (15 percent), Southeast (12 percent), Midwest (6 percent), and Southwest (6 percent).

Region Percent of List Fastest-growingCompany in the

Region

City, State
West 37 percent ServiceNowwww.service-now.com San Diego, CA
Northeast 24 percent HubSpotwww.hubspot.com Cambridge, MA
Canada 15 percent Accedian Networkswww.accedian.com Saint-Laurent, QC
Southeast 12 percent MAKO Surgical Corp.www.makosurgical.com Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Midwest 6 percent Gevo, Inc.www.gevo.com Englewood, CO
Southwest 6 percent SoftLayerwww.softlayer.com Dallas, TX

Software sector dominates – again

Five of the top 10 companies in this year’s rankings are from the software industry, including Avigilon (No. 4), ServiceNow (No. 5), NexJ Systems Inc. (No. 6), Real Matters (No. 7) and HubSpot (No. 8).

The software sector comprises 39 percent of the overall list with 194 companies, followed by biotechnology (15 percent), communications/networking (12 percent) and Internet (11 percent).  Medical equipment, scientific/technical instrumentation, semiconductor, computers/peripherals, media/entertainment and clean technology companies round out the remaining 23 percent of the list.

The percentage of companies from industry sectors are represented on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 as follows:

Sector Percent of List Fastest-growingCompany in the Sector City, State
Software 39 percent Avigilonwww.avigilon.com Vancouver, BC
Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical 15 percent AVI BioPharma, Inc.www.avibio.com Bothell, WA
Communications/Networking 12 percent Accedian Networkswww.accedian.com Saint-Laurent, QC
Internet 11 percent SAY Media, Inc.www.saymedia.com San Francisco, CA
Medical Equipment 7 percent MAKO Surgical Corp.www.makosurgical.com Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Clean Technology 5 percent RTI Cryogenics Inc.www.rticryo.com Cambridge, ON
Semiconductor 4 percent MaxLinear, Inc.www.maxlinear.com Carlsbad, CA
Media and Entertainment 3 percent Collectivewww.collective.com New York, NY
Computers/Peripherals 2 percent PlumChoicewww.plumchoice.com Billerica, MA
Scientific/TechnicalInstrumentation 2 percent Digital Ally, Inc.www.digitalallyinc.com Overland Park, KS

Technology Fast 500 Ranking Methodology

In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500™ recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues.  Companies must have base-year (2006) operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD or CD, and current-year (2010) operating revenues of at least $5 million USD or CD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of five years, and be headquartered within North America.

Ranking is rounded to the nearest percentage point. Revenue growth is calculated as follows: [(FY'2010 revenue – FY'2006 revenue)/ FY'2006 revenue] x 100.  For example, a company with reported revenues of $350,000 in 2006 and$7,500,000 in 2010 would have fiscal year revenue growth of 2,043 percent during the period from 2006 to 2010.

The ranking is compiled from nominations submitted directly to the Technology Fast 500™ Web site, and public company database research conducted by Deloitte.  Deloitte has not audited the ranking and, accordingly, does not express an opinion or any other form of assurance on it.  Some companies that may be eligible to appear on the ranking are not included because they did not submit the required information or otherwise declined to participate.

For additional detail on the Technology Fast 500™ including the complete list and qualifying criteria, visit www.fast500.com.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte & Touche LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please seewww.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

 

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Gartner warns of looming period of “unprecedented uncertainty”

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

GartnerGartner Inc. analysts warned IT managers that they see a second recession on the horizon and that IT managers face a period of “unprecedented uncertainty,” according to a Computerworld report.

Speaking at the annual Gartner Symposium/IT expo in Orlando, FL, the Gartner analysts told IT managers they may need to “reimagine” their departments for a post-modern world of information, collaboration, and mobility, all of which will lead to users seeking higher levels of interaction with companies.

Peter Sondergaard, the firm’s head of research, said, “The second recession is about to hit.”

The Gartner analysts suggested that IT managers consider “creative destruction,” by knocking down organizational walls so companies can innovate together. Analyst Tina Nunno urged, “Embrace calculated risk.”

 

Are the people in your city among the most curious?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Just AnswerSAN FRANCISCO – JustAnswer,  a paid Q&A website, has listed its Top Five Most Curious Cities in the U.S. While New York, NY – the nation’s most populous city with over nine million residents – ranked number one in total questions asked, it isn’t anywhere near the top. That distinction goes to Naples, FL, whose total number of questions asked represented 12.01% of the city’s total population of 21,653, making it nearly 38 times more curious than The Big Apple, which came in at .32%.*

Rounding out the Top Five Most Curious Cities (based on percentage of population) in the U.S.:

2. Littleton, CO: 8.41%

3. Spring, TX: 6.68%

4. Sarasota, FL: 5.31%

5. Marietta, GA: 4.62%

“Since the Experts on JustAnswer began answering questions in 2003, we’ve always been intrigued by where the pockets of curiosity are around the country. While we’re not surprised to discover that the nation’s largest urban cities asked the most total questions, we’re very intrigued by the online engagement of smaller cities, such as Littleton, CO and Spring, TX,” said Andy Kurtzig, Founder and CEO of JustAnswer.

How Major U.S. Cities Stack Up in the Curiosity Department

Among U.S. cities with populations of over 400,000, Atlanta, GA topped the rankings with questions asked representing 2.44% of its population, followed by:

2. Miami, FL: 2.16%

3. Minneapolis, MN: 1.87%

4. Las Vegas, NV: 1.55%

5. Denver, CO: 1.44%

A Tale of Two Cities: What’s In a Name?

When it comes to asking questions, two cities can share a name, but not necessarily their curiosity quotient. While Naples, FL topped the JustAnswer ranking of most curious cities, Naples, NC accounted for only two questions.

Similarly, Portland, OR (47th), Philadelphia, PA, (96th) and Memphis, TN (97th) far outdistanced their namesakes, Portland, MO, Philadelphia, MO and Memphis, IN, which combined for a total of just four questions asked.

*Rankings are based on an estimate of user location according to the IP address of the computer used to visit the JustAnswer website between June 2010 and June 2011. Population figures are from the United States Census Bureau. JustAnswer does not identify or record actual locations or addresses of its users.


Seven tips on keeping your mobile devices secure, report on smartphone malware

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
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Be proactive and take measures to protect your mobile devices

With app security breaches in the news, this new report by Orlando-based Panda security on the current and future state of smartphone malware is very timely. Panda also offers seven tips on how to keep your mobile devices secure.

Panda Security , the Cloud Security Company, has released the report in participation with other members of Spain’s National Cyber-Security Advisory Council(CNCCS) on the history, current state and future of mobile malware.

Now available for the first time in the United States, the “Smartphone Malware Report” aims to raise awareness of the threats affecting mobile devices as well provides tips individuals can follow to avoid falling victim to mobile threats.

“One of the major challenges security vendors face is user mobility,” said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. “Enhancing the security of cell phones — through anti-malware, data protection, management and security audit functions — is a major challenge for any security department, and we must tackle this threat as soon as possible in order to help protect users’ information and businesses.

“Even though cell phone malware is not a priority for cyber-crooks yet, we are starting to see the first major attacks on these platforms. We predict that the next few months will see significant growth in cell phone attacks, especially on Google’s Android operating system.”

“Security vendors have long warned about the fact that cell phones would overtake PCs as the primary cyber attack target, and 2010 has showed the first signs of that. We believe 2011 will really mark a turning point in this field,” explained David Barroso, director of e-crime at Council member S21sec.

Smartphone Malware Report Overview:

Key topics covered in the report include:

  • The history of mobile devices, and the evolution of the smartphone market from its onset to the present day
  • Mobile device security issues and threat vectors
  • The history of threats targeted the platform, including Cabir, WinCE.Brador.A , Skulls, Pbstealer, CxOver, Ikee.A and Ikee.B, Droid09 and modern Man-in-the-Mobile attacks
  • Predictions for the future, including schemes that target mobile banking applications and capture sensitive information, programs that track users’ locations through GPS, advanced social engineering attacks, and mobile worms that scan all devices connected to WiFi networks and exploit vulnerabilities to transmit malicious code to other system.

How Can You Protect Your Mobile Device?

Lack of security awareness among cell phone users and carelessness are two of the most important risk factors for smartphones. It is extremely important to understand that a smartphone is far more than just a phone and should be treated more like a computer due to the valuable information it stores.

To protect your mobile device, the CNCCS offers a series of best practices. These include:

  • Enable access protection measures such as a PIN or password
  • Configure the smartphone to automatically lock after a minute or so being idle
  • Disable features not in use such Bluetooth, infrared or WiFi
  • Before installing or using new smartphone apps or services, check their reputation and only install applications from trusted sources
  • Keep your operating system and software applications up to date
  • Be wary of any files, links or numbers received from unsolicited email or SMS messages
  • Avoid using untrusted WiFi networks

 

Florida-based SkyCross beams in $11M for advanced wireless antennas

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

SkyCrossVIERA, FL – SkyCross, which develops and makes advanced antenna and radio frequency solutions, has closed on an $11 million, the first installment of its E round of financing. The company said it expects to close a second tranche in the round, up to $15 million, by early June. It says this is likely to be its final round of equity financing.

The capital raised will be used to support the company’s rapidly increasing business in Asia and the United States.

Significantly, the round includes new equity from DOCOMO Capital as a strategic investor. DOCOMO Capital is a corporate venture arm of NTT DOCOMO, the world’s leading mobile operator. Existing investors including TL Ventures, Investor Growth Capital, Gabriel Venture Partners, Intel Capital, and a group of long standing individual investors also participated.

SkyCross continues to grow due to strong global demand for the company’s unique RF technology and design expertise for wireless products, such as tablets, smartphones, and multiband USB modems. Increasingly, these devices require multiple antennas, creative 3D design and manufacturing techniques, and 4G MIMO functionality for LTE.

“SkyCross technology and expertise are key factors in meeting the growing, worldwide demand for 4G/LTE wireless devices,” said Tomoya Hemmi, President and CEO of DOCOMO Capital, Inc. “MIMO antenna technology is a key enabler of LTE performance, and SkyCross solutions address this global market need. We are pleased to participate in this round as a new strategic investor.”

PAETEC plans new data centers in Charlotte, Atlanta, Tampa, McLean

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

PaetecNEW YORK – PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET), a nationwide provider of comprehensive communications solutions, today announced the launch of an expanded portfolio of cloud-based products and the planned deployment of new data centers coast-to-coast. The move comes on the heels of a national study that says the majority of U.S. data centers are running out of space.

As part of its overall cloud and data center strategy and leveraging its breadth and depth of experience in the cloud and data center space, PAETEC plans to add 13 data centers coast-to-coast by the end of 2012 to its current set of seven centers which will result in the company operating 20 centers nationwide.

“With the advent of high-speed networks and continued migration of network intelligence into the cloud, the need for these network-based services has increased dramatically and we see that trend continuing into the future,” said Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO of PAETEC.

ETEC currently has data centers in Andover, Mass., Bethlehem and Conshohocken, Pa., Richmond, Va., Milwaukee, Wis., Houston, Tex., and Phoenix, Ariz.

In 2011, the company has plans to expand to McLean, Va., Tampa, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., and Charlotte, N.C. In 2012, data centers are also planned for Dallas, Tex., Chicago, Ill., Northern California, Rochester, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Pa., Denver, Co., Atlanta, Ga. and a location in the Pacific Northwest.

Florida-based GridGlo launches smart grid data platform with $1.2M raise

Friday, May 13th, 2011

GridGloDELRAY BEACH, FL – GridGlo, a startup specializing in data fusion and the development of smart grid applications, has raised $1.2 million capital raise from, CUBRC, a Buffalo, NY-based research organization with deep data fusion expertise developed over decades serving the Department of Defense and other Government agencies. The company said the deal is a strategic partnership.

GridGlo’s new cloud-based, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution aggregates petabytes of advanced metering infrastructure data and analyzes it by applying proprietary algorithms and advanced data fusion processes.

Data fusion is the science of combining disparate sources of data to develop inferences and continually refine them, and GridGlo is the first to leverage this approach to derive novel insights from energy consumption data. GridGlo enriches usage data with consumer behavioral, demographic and premises-specific information, providing new ways for utilities to drive customer engagement and forecast, segment and monetize their market opportunities.

One of the first applications GridGlo has developed with this approach is the Energy People Meter, a FICO-like score for energy consumers. An EPM score is a real-time digital fingerprint of a customer’s energy behavior. EPM scores range from 1 to 1000, with a higher score reflecting a user who consumes energy efficiently, has predictable consumption patterns, and is actively improving his or her energy consumption behavior.

GridGlo and its utility partners are also testing a number of other applications, such as a forecasting tool to reliably predict demand on an individual-premise basis and a demand response scenario builder to predict the impact of future demand response events. In addition, GridGlo is testing a risk management tool for identifying potential abandonment, energy theft, and consumer financial health.

“The smart grid today is like the wireless industry of the early 2000s – a market of great latent potential nearing an inflection point,” said Isaias Sudit, founder and CEO of GridGlo. “With reams of data constantly being generated by AMI and other smart grid systems, we see tremendous opportunity in unlocking the value of that data and know we have the right technology and approach to do so.”

Miami-based Open English lands $4.25M for online language school

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Open EnglishMIAMI – Open English, an online language school for Latin Americans, ahs raised $4.25 million in a B round of funding led by existing investor Flybridge Capital Partners. The company raised a $6 million first round.

Founded in 2007, Open English says it provides a revolutionary new approach to English language learning which combines live instruction with native English-speaking teachers and multi-media learning content customized to each learner. Open English students study from their home or office and avoid inconvenient scheduling, long commute times, high tuition costs, and outdated books and CD-ROMs.

The company serves a large and rapidly growing global market, initially targeting Spanish speakers in the Americas. Live instruction with native English speaking teachers and multi-media learning content, is all provided over the internet.

“Over the past 10 years, there has been a dramatic increase in broadband Internet usage in South America. This, along with the emergence of a robust middle class in which English is a critical component for career advancement, has created an exciting opportunity for English language-learning programs throughout the South American region,” says Jon Karlen, general manager, Flybridge, who is on the company’s board.

 

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Orlando game developer startup Row Sham Bow rocks $1.5M

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Row Sham BowORLANDO – Row Sham Bow Inc., an electronic game developer startup, has raised $1.5 million of an equity financing aimed at $3 million, according to a regulatory filing.

Row Sham Bow – a name derived from the Japanese term for the game Rock–paper-scissors, says its mission is to “create fun games anyone can play.”

Former Electronic Arts Tiburon VP Philip Holt, CEO and president, founded the company in March.

The company has asked Orlando for $114,000 and the state for $570,000 in economic development incentives. It says it will create 60 high-paying jobs.

The company disclosed the financing in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Best states for business: NC at No. 2, Florida, 3, Tennsessee 4, Georgia 5

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Best Worst StatesFor the seventh year in a row, CEOs rate Texas as the #1 state in which to do business and California as the worst. North Carolina maintained its #2 rank, while Florida rose three positions to the #3 spot. Tennessee fell one slot from last year to #4 while Georgia climbed two positions to claim the #5 rank.

Chief Executive magazine’s annual “Best & Worst States” survey takes the pulse of CEOs on business conditions around the nation. For the 2011 survey, 550 CEOs from across the country evaluated the states on a broad range of issues, including regulations, tax policies, workforce quality, education resources, quality of living and infrastructure.

“A handful of states have made business-friendly policies a priority,” says J.P. Donlon, Editor-in-Chief ofChief Executive magazine and ChiefExecutive.net. “These forward-thinking states are the exception rather than the rule and include Utah, Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.”

CEOs voted California as the worst state in 2011, with New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Michiganrounding out the bottom five.

“ABC — Anywhere But California,” said T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, a $668 million chip maker headquartered in San Jose, California, and with plants in 10 countries. “It’s expensive, it’s hostile to business, and environmental regulations are more of a drag on business than protecting the environment.” Cypress Semiconductor’s headcount in California peaked at 1,500. It’s now down to about 600.

With finances in shambles due to the weak economy, many states have been increasing tax rates.

“Today’s ‘soak the rich’ mentality hits business leaders especially hard,” says Marshall Cooper, CEO ofChief Executive magazine and ChiefExecutive.net. “CEOs and entrepreneurs vote with their feet — and also pack up jobs and investment with them when they leave.”

It’s interesting that North Carolina, which has one of the highest tax rates in the Southeast, maintains its number two position, largely due to the talent available through its eduction system and its quality of life. It’s education system is about to take a huge cut as the state wrestles with the same type of budget deficit that plagues other states.

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Georgia’s rise is also interesting. Another recent report noted that Georgia is right at the top when it comes to startup activitity, with more than 500 businesses a month launching.

Florida-based Highwinds Capital lands new $50M credit facility

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Highwinds CapitalWINTER PARK, FL – Highwinds Capital,a provider of content delivery, netwokr and IP services, has secured a new $50 million credit facility from Silicon Valley Bank and Commerce Bank.

“Silicon Valley Bank’s mission is to help our clients succeed. Highwinds has effectively innovated and flawlessly executed in the high-growth market of online content and video delivery,” said Dale Kirkland, senior vice president of Silicon Valley Bank. “We are honored to be Highwinds’ partner and to be providing a significant senior secured financing solution that supports Highwinds’ strategic objectives.”

Highwinds, a top-tier content delivery provider, has diversified its portfolio over the past several years into a comprehensive suite of solutions for content delivery, IP transit, transport, peering, colocation, content storage and IP software. Highwinds continues to execute at a high level and gain industry traction with its massive global network, flexible and scalable solutions, and value-adds.

OpenPeak taps in $27.9M for touchscreen devices and device management

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

OpenPeakBOCA RATON, FL  – OpenPeak, a company selling touchscreen devices and a cloud-based device management platform that streamlines deployment and management for service providers and enterprises, has raised $27.9 million toward a $30 million offering, according to a regulatory filing.

The company previously raised $82 million from investors who include Intel Capital, Horizon Technology Finance, Velocity Financial Group, and GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance unit.

We reported that the company raised $52 million of that amount June 2010.

At that time, Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president, said, “OpenPeak’s hardware, software and services harness the capabilities of the Intel Atom processor, creating new mobile, digital home and embedded products in a variety of vertical market segments.”

OpenPeak designs and develops end-to-end managed platforms and devices that enable service providers, utilities, applications developers, and content owners to interact with customers in their homes, offices, and while traveling.

Its OpenServices is a cloud-based device management platform that streamlines application/service deployment and management for service providers and enterprises.

It introduced its 4G ready OpenTablet touchscreen devices that run on the Android operating system during hte 2011 Mobile World Congress in Spain.

The company disclosed the latest raise in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing cites principals from New York’s RRE Ventures, Texas-based Castletop Capital, Illinois-based Ritchie Capital, New York’s GMG Capital Partners, and The Blackstone Group, among others.

LensAR focuses on $2M of $7M offering for laser 3D imaging tech

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

LensarORLANDO, FL – Orlando-based LensAR has raised $2 million of a targeted $7 million offering, according to a regulatory filing. The company is developing and commercializing laser and 3D imaging technology for refractive cataract surgery.

The company raised $7 million in equity in July 2010 and $7.1 million in August 2009.

Investors in the firm include Aisling Cpaital of New York, and MA-based Extera Partners.

Randy Frey, CEO, writes on the company Web site that “The LensAR approach is to bring the accuracy and precision of lasers into the operating room to replace blades and greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the need for ultrasound power to perform the majority of cataract removals.”

To date, according to the company, the LensAR laser system has been successfully used in well over a hundred eyes outside of the US, and is actively under review with the FDA for approval for use in the United States.

The company disclosed the latest raise in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Tech Journal South Editor and writer Allan Maurer: Allan at TechJournalSouth dot com.

 

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Florida-based Paice revs up with $4M for hybrid electric vehicle tech

Monday, April 18th, 2011

PaiceBONITA SPRINGS, FL – Paice, a company holding what an Australian study called “the most dominant hybrid (electric car) patents in the world, has raised $4 million from ten investors, according to a regulatory filing.

During the oil crisis of 1979, Paice founder Dr. Alex Severinsky conceived the idea for a hybrid gasoline/electric car that could help reduce America’s dependence on oil. That  led Dr. Severinsky to form Paice (Power Assisted Internal Combustion Engines) in 1992 as part of the small company incubator program at the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering.

Later that year, he filed a patent application covering his groundbreaking concepts for a hybrid vehicle. Paice was issued U.S. Patent No. 5,343,970 (the ‘970 patent) in 1994.

According to the company website, hybrid electric vehicles increase fuel economy and reduce harmful emissions by combining an electric motor with the vehicle’s internal combustion engine. The ‘970 patent describes a hybrid vehicle with a microprocessor that receives control inputs and uses that information to determine whether the internal combustion engine, the electric motor, or both should provide torque to the wheels. It also describes a system with a powerful electric motor that receives energy from a battery at high voltage and low current to increase dramatically the efficiency and performance of the system.

Paice’s United States Patents rank as the two most dominant hybrid patents in the world – and four of its patents rank among the 10 most dominant patents – according to a recent study of all hybrid patents filed worldwide. The company has licensed its patented tech to Ford and Toyota.

The company received funding in 1998 from the Abell Foundations, which it says has invested more than $20 million in its hyperdrive system.

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Apollidon closes on $3M for online distance learning programs

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Chalk boardBOCA RATON, FL - Apollidon Inc., which specializes in worldwide marketing and outreach for online distance learning programs, has closed on a $3 million first round of financing from Sopris Capital Associates.

Jon Kaiden, principal and founding member of Sopris, will join Apollidon’s board.

Apollidon partners with prestigious public universities to develop marketing initiatives tailored to the unique needs of the specific program, effectively increasing enrollments and attracting qualified students.

In July 2010, Apollidon was selected as the sole provider of marketing services for distance learning by the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), a consortium of 65 prestigious public universities, dedicated to creating and implementing high quality, economical distance education programs and services.

Apollidon will utilize the first round funding to expand its development of online education marketing programs for its network of 65 universities.

This is just the latest in a string of financings for tech-focused education companies this year. Also in today’s news, Herdon, VA-based K12 Inc. chalked up $125 million from Technology Crossover Ventures.

 

DC, Baltimore, Raleigh-Durham, among top ten cities for staying young

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Capitol BuildingSAN DIEGO–Want to live a longer life? Move to Salt Lake City, the DC-Balitmore area, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill,  San Francisco, or Austin. On the other hand, Knoxville and Nashville, TN, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, and Tampa and Jacksonville, FL, may make you old before your time. So says and new report by RealAge.

Southeast and western cities are among the top ten on RealAge’s list of the “youngest” cities in America—metropolitan areas with such healthy lifestyles that on average their residents are physically at least two years younger than their chronological age, and many are years younger than that. RealAge analyzed data from the largest 50 metropolitan areas to compile the rankings.

A passion for fitness and a loathing for smoking are key factors in Salt Lake City’s number one ranking. At the other extreme, residents of Knoxville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, and Nashville are aging faster than they should. (Get an infographic of the 10 youngest and oldest cities here.)

What are the 10 metro areas where you have the best odds of staying young?

1. Salt Lake City, Utah
2. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif.
3. Austin, Texas
4. Denver, Colo.
5. Boston, Mass.
6. Washington, DC/Baltimore, Md.
7. San Diego, Calif.
8. Raleigh-Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C.
9. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
10. Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton, Wash.

Which metro areas are likely to make you old before your time?

1. Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C.
3. Nashville, Tenn.
4. Saginaw/Bay City/Midland, Mich.
5. Cincinnati, Ohio
6. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
7. Oklahoma City, Okla.
8. Las Vegas, Nev.
9. Jacksonville, Fla.
10. Tulsa, Okla.

“Each city’s ranking is more than just a number,” says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of RealAge and a co-creator of its test. “It’s a unique assessment of the healthy lifestyles, or lack of them, in each metro area—of how people live there, what they’re doing right and what they need to change. If you live in one of the 10 oldest cities, take this as the alarm on your body’s aging clock going off! It’s never too late for a fresh start.”

Note that half of the 10 youngest cities are in the Western U.S., from Denver to Seattle.

“Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the mountains, but Western cities have adopted active lifestyles that can slow down the aging process,” says Dr. Roach.

Behind the Rankings

To compile the rankings, RealAge analyzed data for America’s 50 largest metropolitan areas generated by its landmark online assessment, the RealAge Test, taken by over 27 million people. This is the first time the company has analyzed aggregated results on a city-by-city basis.

A random sample of 1,000 RealAge members was drawn from each city. The sample data was adjusted for age differences, so a metropolitan area that’s a magnet for retirees wasn’t penalized, and a city jammed with university students didn’t benefit.

The Test uses a powerful algorithm that combines the latest scientific studies with lifestyle, genetics, and medical history to calculate your RealAge—how old your body thinks you are.

What Makes a City Younger or Older

While multiple lifestyle factors are involved, here are four big ones that help people in Boston (the 5th youngest city), for example, stay younger and healthier than those in Cincinnati (the 5th oldest):

     
1.   Getting the right amount of sleep. Six of the 10 youngest cities are among those with stellar sleep habits. And (surprise) New York isn’t the city that never sleeps—the Big Apple ranks second in ZZZ’s; Austin is first. Sleeping six to nine hours a night can make your RealAge as much as 3 years younger.
2.   Stubbing out cigarettes for good. Four of the five fastest-aging cities have the highest percentage of smokers.
3.   Not sitting around. Six of the 10 youngest cities are among the most physically active in the country. A daily 30-minute walk can make your RealAge up to 3.5 years younger.
4.   Controlling your blood pressure. Five of the 10 fastest-aging cities—Knoxville, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, and Tulsa—are among the worst for high blood pressure. Nothing ages you faster. Who has the lowest BP? Residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the 9th youngest city.

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