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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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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added Los Angeles California, USA

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Mark Holmes added Palo Alto California, USA

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Mountain View is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added Mountain View California, USA

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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added San Diego California, USA

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Irvine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Irvine California, USA

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Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Santa Clara California, USA

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Denver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Denver Colorado, USA

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Seattle Washington, USA

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added Las Vegas Nevada, USA

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Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Encinitas California, USA

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Portland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Places to Go added Portland Oregon, USA

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

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Austin Texas, USA

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

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Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Anaheim California, USA

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Cupertino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Cupertino California, USA

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Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Santa Monica California, USA

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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Carlsbad California, USA

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

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

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Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Long Beach California, USA

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Louisville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Walter Graves added Louisville Kentucky, USA

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Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Raleigh North Carolina, USA

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New York City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Tanner Arnold added New York City New York, USA

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Boise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Boise Idaho, USA

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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Boulder Colorado, USA

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Omaha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Mary Sterling added Omaha Nebraska, USA

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Berkley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Berkley Michigan, USA

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Provo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Provo Utah, USA

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Philadelphia Area codes 215 and 267, Pennsylvania, USA

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Nashville Tennessee, USA

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added Phoenix Arizona, USA

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Oklahoma City is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Places to Go added Oklahoma City Oklahoma, USA

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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

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Greenville,SC is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
shaunmcneese420 added Greenville,SC

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Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Shirley Tessle added Tulsa Oklahoma, USA

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Huntsville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Huntsville Alabama, USA

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Duluth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Duluth Minnesota, USA

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New Haven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
zimm25 added New Haven Connecticut, USA - Healthy, educated, creative (Yale, etc.) population.  Start-up culture with funding from state & city.  Access to NY, Boston. 

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Des Moines is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Des Moines Iowa, USA

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Cedar Rapids is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Cedar Rapids Iowa, USA

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Detroit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
CraigNykiel added Detroit Michigan, USA

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San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Places to Go added San Antonio Texas, USA

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Lincoln Nebraska, USA

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Lexington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lexington Kentucky, USA

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Houston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Houston Texas, USA

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Charleston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Charleston South Carolina, USA

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Fort Worth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Walter Graves added Fort Worth Texas, USA