Startups 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 82
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added California, USA

2
41 28
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Pennsylvania, USA

3
87 79
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

4
59 49
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Silicon Valley, California, USA

5
35 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
53 47
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Pennsylvania, USA

8
42 36
Duluth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Minnesota, USA

9
33 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
56 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
16 19
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Michigan, USA

15
44 59
Mountain View is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added California, USA

16
21 27
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

17
33 44
Boise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Jenn Lindley added Idaho, USA

18
35 47
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Mary Sterling added Nebraska, USA

19
60 84
Austin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Texas, USA

20
34 47
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Walter Graves added Kentucky, USA

21
29 40
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA

22
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