Scottsdale is Among “100 Best Places to Live and Launch”

Three Arizona cities made the list as Fortune Small Business this week unveiled its "100 Best Places to Live and Launch 2008."

Scottsdale led the list of Arizona cities at No. 25, followed by Oro Valley near Tucson at No. 44 and Prescott at No. 92. Phoenix did not make the grade.

Bellevue, Wash., topped the list with Georgetown, Texas, Buford, Ga., Marina del Rey, Calif., and Bethesda, Md., rounding out the top five. Fortune said it looked at economic conditions, such as local taxes rates, as well as natural beauty, easy access to museums, hungry gamefish and other qualities.

"Bellevue is a city in transition: no longer a bedroom community, but not yet a crowded, expensive metropolitan hub," Fortune said of the top-ranked city. "Huge corporations exist symbiotically with startups, a booming downtown abuts healthy residential neighborhoods, and the rising skyline is tempered by an abundance of parks, as well as lakeside and mountain views."


6 Responses to “Scottsdale is Among “100 Best Places to Live and Launch””

  1. Barbara (1 comments) on March 31st, 2008 5:14 pm:

    Wow-Congrats. We aren’t on the list at all. Bummer. We have so many homes to sell too. BTW- Who’s living room is that in the picture? It looks amazing!

  2. Matt Pellerin (15 comments) on March 31st, 2008 5:40 pm:

    It’s Max’s living room… I pay him quite well you know.

  3. Rich (1 comments) on April 3rd, 2008 10:21 am:


    I see that Georgetown, Texas is number 2. Bad thing is I’ve never even heard of it and I’ve lived in Texas all my life.

  4. Matt Pellerin (15 comments) on April 3rd, 2008 1:06 pm:

    That’s weird how that town made the list at #2 and you’ve never even heard of it…

  5. Mike Pannell (1 comments) on October 18th, 2008 5:18 pm:

    Georgetown is a great place. My wife family spends a lot of time there shopping.

  6. Matt Pellerin (15 comments) on October 18th, 2008 6:18 pm:

    Thanks for your input Mike! It’s always nice to hear from someone who’s actually been to a place we are discussing. :-)