America The Best US Cities for Starting a Company  

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What are the best US cities for entrepreneurship and new startups? For hopeful new business owners, it's a quandary. Given a shaky U.S. economy in recent years, it can be a challenge to find U.S. cities that are business friendly. Entrepreneurs no doubt want to find that perfect locale, one where their company can thrive. Several factors go into considering the best cities to found a company in, including the city's population (is it rising?), expense (are the business costs relatively low?) and overall quality of life (including crime rates, general cost of living and cultural/educational opportunities in the area). In addition, if one is looking to launch a tech startup, the area's tech-friendliness should definitely be considered (Boulder, Colorado, for example, is a really hot area for tech startups, as is the entire state of Arizona).

There's a lot to consider for budding CEOs, but this list offers some great potential places to found new companies. Know of other hot areas that are company-friendly? Feel free to add them to this list!

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99 81
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added California, USA

2
87 78
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

3
59 48
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Silicon Valley, California, USA

4
40 28
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Pennsylvania, USA

5
34 23
New Haven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
zimm25 added Connecticut, USA - Healthy, educated, creative (Yale, etc.) population.  Start-up culture with funding from state & city.  Access to NY, Boston. 

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55 47
New York City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Tanner Arnold added New York, USA

7
51 47
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Pennsylvania, USA

8
41 36
Duluth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Minnesota, USA

9
32 26
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
CraigNykiel added Michigan, USA

10
35 35
Des Moines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Iowa, USA

11
30 35
Cedar Rapids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Iowa, USA

12
55 71
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Washington, USA

13
57 74
Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Mark Holmes added California, USA

14
44 59
Mountain View is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added California, USA

15
21 27
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

16
33 44
Boise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Idaho, USA

17
35 47
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Mary Sterling added Nebraska, USA

18
15 19
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Michigan, USA

19
29 39
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

20
60 84
Austin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Texas, USA

21
34 47
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Walter Graves added Kentucky, USA

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21 32
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

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45 68
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added Nevada, USA

24
46 70
Denver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Colorado, USA

25
59 90
Portland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Places to Go added Oregon, USA

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26 42
Provo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Utah, USA

27
21 35
Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

28
15 27
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

29
15 27
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

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15 27
Cupertino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

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16 29
Fremont is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

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14 26
Lake Forest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

33
19 34
Lexington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kentucky, USA

34
44 74
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Colorado, USA

35
16 30
Alameda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

36
15 29
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

37
31 55
Oklahoma City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Places to Go added Oklahoma, USA

38
40 70
Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
North Carolina, USA

39
19 37
Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Nebraska, USA

40
20 39
Greenville,SC is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
shaunmcneese420 added

41
31 57
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added Arizona, USA

42
21 41
Huntsville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Alabama, USA

43
16 33
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

44
15 32
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

45
22 45
Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Shirley Tessle added Oklahoma, USA

46
21 45
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added South Carolina, USA

47
23 49
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Tennessee, USA

48
35 73
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Places to Go added Texas, USA

49
34 74
Houston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Texas, USA

50
30 72
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Texas, USA