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 86
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added California, USA
2
43 30
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Area codes 215 and 267, Pennsylvania, USA
3
48 37
Duluth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Minnesota, USA
4
36 24
New Haven is listed (or ranked) 4 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. 
5
88 82
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lon Harris added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
6
57 48
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
59 51
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Silicon Valley, California, USA
8
55 47
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Brettski added Pennsylvania, USA
9
34 27
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
CraigNykiel added Michigan, USA
10
35 36
Des Moines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Iowa, USA
11
30 36
Cedar Rapids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Iowa, USA
12
56 72
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
37 48
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Mary Sterling added Nebraska, USA
15
22 28
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
16 20
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added Michigan, USA
18
44 60
Mountain View is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added California, USA
19
34 47
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Walter Graves added Kentucky, USA
20
60 87
Austin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Texas, USA
21
29 42
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA
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21 33
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
horatio added California, USA
23
45 70
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Kel Varnsen added Nevada, USA
24
60 93
Portland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Places to Go added Oregon, USA
25
26 42
Provo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Utah, USA