Best Places Business and Careers

Rank Metro Area Cost of Business Rank Job Growth Rank Education Rank Population
1 Raleigh, NC 29 25 12 1,233,700
2 Des Moines, IA 38 35 43 594,900
3 Provo, UT 7 3 36 567,000
4 Denver, CO 126 31 17 2,687,300
5 Fort Collins, CO 66 16 9 317,500
6 Lincoln, NE 16 24 35 313,900
7 Oklahoma City, OK 34 21 108 1,313,200
8 Salt Lake City, UT 39 30 60 1,181,300
9 Seattle, WA 167 59 13 2,779,000
10 Nashville, TN 91 7 57 1,670,200
11 Ogden, UT 4 41 96 576,000
12 Charlotte, NC 51 51 52 1,877,000
13 Dallas, TX 133 28 52 4,534,000
14 Atlanta, GA 83 98 39 5,520,300
15 Houston, TX 156 4 91 6,343,600
16 San Antonio, TX 41 8 127 2,285,200
17 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 157 67 18 3,395,300
18 San Francisco, CA 191 11 4 1,832,800
19 Austin, TX 165 1 16 1,889,700
20 Greeley, CO 33 2 130 268,700
21 Portland, OR 105 79 42 2,335,900
22 Indianapolis, IN 55 46 63 1,826,400
23 Boulder, CO 144 36 1 311,000
24 Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 97 15 112 2,266,200
25 Omaha, NE 77 55 48 896,700
26 Durham, NC 108 65 9 531,700
27 Boise, ID 11 71 88 650,400
28 Cambridge, MA 195 47 3 1,545,700
29 Colorado Springs, CO 92 95 44 679,800
30 Columbus, OH 138 18 46 1,895,100
31 Lexington, KY 60 56 40 492,600
32 San Jose, CA 197 19 7 1,910,200
33 Madison, WI 127 44 11 588,400
34 Asheville, NC 14 94 80 438,800
35 Warren, MI 119 73 54 2,510,400
36 Kansas City, MO 72 107 50 2,088,800
37 Fayetteville, AR 100 27 110 489,700
38 Baltimore, MD 176 52 33 2,770,200
39 Grand Rapids, MI 73 17 114 790,400
40 Lubbock, TX 32 22 120 294,100
41 Louisville, KY 47 63 127 1,315,900
42 Knoxville, TN 54 106 91 717,400
43 Washington, DC 194 33 6 4,630,100
44 Pittsburgh, PA 125 64 79 2,357,800
45 Boston, MA 199 57 14 1,938,700
46 Little Rock, AR 74 97 96 726,000
47 San Luis Obispo, CA 85 45 50 277,800
48 Rochester, NY 103 78 64 1,057,600
49 Olympia, WA 40 102 91 260,600
50 Peabody, MA 162 34 34 760,200
51 Richmond, VA 81 72 57 1,296,700
52 Wilmington, DE 5 137 71 717,600
53 Anchorage, AK 117 13 73 399,900
54 West Palm Beach, FL 142 105 55 1,378,900
55 Albany, NY 89 91 46 875,600
56 Phoenix, AZ 116 154 99 4,459,800
57 Greenville, SC 80 82 106 662,100
58 Buffalo, NY 78 92 88 1,132,000
59 Charleston, SC 135 26 67 707,900
60 Wilmington, NC 15 161 69 385,700
61 Ann Arbor, MI 128 23 5 353,700
62 Oakland, CA 182 101 14 2,660,500
63 Cedar Rapids, IA 71 70 73 264,200
64 Duluth, MN 45 89 139 279,800
65 New Orleans, LA 53 37 126 1,212,600
66 Holland, MI 69 38 103 270,800
67 Orlando, FL 130 76 116 2,282,500
68 Tulsa, OK 49 127 132 962,700
69 North Port, FL 110 132 95 735,700
70 San Diego, CA 189 75 44 3,222,600
71 New York, NY 200 42 31 11,855,900
72 Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL 136 100 122 2,873,200
73 Long Island, NY 168 53 24 2,851,600
74 Eugene, OR 2 193 118 359,000
75 Jacksonville, FL 101 113 112 1,399,200
76 Santa Cruz, CA 146 103 22 269,300
77 Bethesda, MD 192 80 2 1,257,900
78 Savannah, GA 56 68 99 366,700
79 Greensboro, NC 10 186 132 743,600
80 Winston-Salem, NC 21 157 103 489,600
81 Cape Coral, FL 111 62 149 665,400
82 Edison, NJ 161 111 19 2,379,900
83 Gainesville, FL 121 156 21 270,000
84 Philadelphia, PA 181 104 38 4,064,500
85 St. Louis, MO 104 155 76 2,856,000
86 Deltona, FL 52 184 171 507,500
87 Santa Ana, CA 169 133 25 3,122,000
88 Worcester, MA 184 69 49 810,900
89 El Paso, TX 8 32 174 844,400
90 Huntsville, AL 158 81 28 440,200
91 Baton Rouge, LA 35 43 123 823,100
92 Fort Wayne, IN 9 150 147 424,700
93 McAllen, TX 84 6 194 825,800
94 Mercer County, NJ 177 50 23 370,100
95 Columbia, SC 120 96 69 798,300
96 Tacoma, WA 70 121 154 820,400
97 Honolulu, HI 198 66 61 986,600
98 Salem, OR 6 179 158 405,300
99 Naples, FL 154 48 71 339,600
100 Cincinnati, OH 140 119 91 2,156,700

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