releases list of top cities in U.S. to start a career

Data scientists at have assembled a list of the top 10 cities in the country to start a career. 

The researchers ranked the cities based on a range of factors, including job growth, business growth, salaries, affordability and "happiness index." 

Fort Collins, Colorado, topped the list, with a median home price of $391,400 and a median salary of $59,810 among the top 25 percent of owners. The city was commended for its growing tech community and employment partnerships with Colorado State University. 

"There are enormous numbers of small, high-tech companies ideal for people who really want to make a difference and have a creative lifestyle," said COO of the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance Mary Atchison. "It's just a great place for young professionals who want a laid-back lifestyle."

Second on the list was Charlotte, North Carolina, while Madison, Wisconsin; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Dallas, Texas, rounded out the top five. 

With two cities in the top 10, Colorado has increasingly positioned itself as a land of economic opportunity for young job-searchers. The Colorado Economic Development Commission recently announced that it provided upward of $2 million to two companies based in California to facilitate expansions in Denver, the Denver Business Journal reported. 

Fort Collins, Colorado, topped the list.