For the second year in a row, Area Development Magazine recognized Roanoke as having a strong workforce.
The magazine's list of leading locations for 2013 ranks cities based on the size and skill of the workforce.
The Star City was ranked 16th among mid-size cities and 32nd out of all 380 metro areas.
It also shows the number of undergraduates in the area out-ranks places like San Francisco, Boston, and Austin.
With about 25 colleges and universities all within an hour of Roanoke, Taylor Ricotta, a communications coordinator for the Roanoke Business Lounge, says it isn't hard to find qualified employees and interns.
"I think the talent is really feeding in from those colleges because they are really pouring into our city," Ricotta says.