Rank Metro Area Cost of Business Rank Job Growth Rank Education Rank Population
1 Provo UTProvo UT 33 30 28 542,700
2 Raleigh NCRaleigh NC 29 15 13 1,169,000
3 Fort Collins, COFort Collins, CO 66 23 6 306,200
4 Des Moines, IADes Moines, IA 37 35 54 580,700
5 Denver CODenver CO 130 45 18 2,602,900
6 Ogden UTOgden UT 27 39 73 557,600
7 Lincoln NELincoln NE 9 28 39 306,900
8 Dallas TXDallas TX 160 18 43 4,356,500
9 Austin TXAustin TX 165 3 16 1,789,100
10 Nashville TNNashville TN 32 41 79 1,620,600
11 Omaha NEOmaha NE 50 36 45 878,300
12 Oklahoma City, OKOklahoma City, OK 17 24 109 1,278,900
13 San Antonio, TXSan Antonio, TX 21 11 130 2,201,400
14 Durham NCDurham NC 94 31 11 513,600
15 Fort Worth-Arlington, TXFort Worth-Arlington, TX 108 16 115 2,187,000
16 Seattle WASeattle WA 161 53 14 2,696,600
17 Asheville NCAsheville NC 10 67 82 429,700
18 Charlotte NCCharlotte NC 92 40 52 1,799,700
19 Fayetteville ARFayetteville AR 40 59 133 474,700
20 Houston TXHouston TX 185 8 99 6,102,800
21 Atlanta GAAtlanta GA 96 122 36 5,364,300
22 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MNMinneapolis-St. Paul, MN 156 104 20 3,323,100
23 San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA 197 76 5 1,795,800
24 Columbus OHColumbus OH 79 65 49 1,859,700
25 Cambridge MACambridge MA 198 37 4 1,519,000
26 Salt Lake, CitySalt Lake, City 72 29 91 1,147,800
27 Boulder COBoulder CO 146 43 1 299,900
28 San Jose, CASan Jose, CA 193 61 7 1,866,900
29 New Orleans, LANew Orleans, LA 119 4 119 1,190,700
30 Kansas City, MOKansas City, MO 90 60 49 2,055,800
31 Knoxville TNKnoxville TN 35 51 92 705,400
32 Washington DCWashington DC 195 22 8 4,488,100
33 Cedar Rapids, IACedar Rapids, IA 38 17 104 260,800
34 Charleston SCCharleston SC 114 19 55 682,700
35 Pittsburgh PAPittsburgh PA 165 33 89 2,359,700
36 Portland ORPortland OR 106 102 45 2,267,800
37 Lexington KYLexington KY 43 94 62 479,900
38 Little Rock, ARLittle Rock, AR 23 54 123 710,900
39 New York, NYNew York, NY 200 26 27 11,680,000
40 Boise IDBoise ID 8 143 101 629,100
41 Louisville KYLouisville KY 26 96 128 1,296,400
42 Colorado Springs, COColorado Springs, CO 82 105 36 662,100
43 Anchorage AKAnchorage AK 107 12 66 388,400
44 Indianapolis INIndianapolis IN 47 84 70 1,781,800
45 Boston MABoston MA 199 47 12 1,904,900
46 Greeley COGreeley CO 51 25 133 259,500
47 Rochester NYRochester NY 102 50 45 1,055,300
48 Baltimore MDBaltimore MD 167 56 29 2,731,200
49 Richmond VARichmond VA 113 89 59 1,270,600
50 El Paso, TXEl Paso, TX 5 9 180 822,600
51 St. Louis, MOSt. Louis, MO 45 113 77 2,844,200
52 Wilmington NCWilmington NC 18 98 51 370,800
53 Olympia WAOlympia WA 65 42 63 256,800
54 Tulsa OKTulsa OK 49 99 140 948,000
55 Huntsville ALHuntsville AL 145 20 33 427,100
56 Albany NYAlbany NY 168 81 43 871,500
57 Long Island, NYLong Island, NY 175 49 24 2,843,500
58 Greenville SCGreenville SC 75 71 115 648,100
59 Peabody MAPeabody MA 184 44 23 749,700
60 Rockingham County, NHRockingham County, NH 173 57 31 420,500
61 Allentown PAAllentown PA 149 55 120 825,600
62 Philadelphia PAPhiladelphia PA 170 72 34 4,032,600
63 Lubbock TXLubbock TX 110 34 106 290,200
64 Baton Rouge, LABaton Rouge, LA 76 21 120 809,100
65 McAllen TXMcAllen TX 125 2 195 800,400
66 Worcester MAWorcester MA 186 73 48 802,200
67 Ann Arbor, MIAnn Arbor, MI 134 93 3 348,100
68 Wichita KSWichita KS 34 109 113 626,100
69 Columbia SCColumbia SC 62 107 78 778,900
70 Mercer County, NJMercer County, NJ 191 27 17 367,100
71 Brownsville TXBrownsville TX 64 7 198 415,200
72 Greensboro NCGreensboro NC 4 162 129 731,600
73 Bethesda MDBethesda MD 190 83 2 1,228,000
74 Roanoke VARoanoke VA 48 112 109 309,000
75 San Diego, CASan Diego, CA 176 140 39 3,145,400
76 Lafayette LALafayette LA 53 10 131 277,400
77 Tacoma WATacoma WA 57 100 151 808,100
78 Scranton PAScranton PA 52 85 161 563,100
79 Winston-Salem NCWinston-Salem NC 14 131 113 482,400
80 Warren MIWarren MI 137 185 59 2,484,300
81 Phoenix AZPhoenix AZ 131 176 112 4,267,000
82 Oakland CAOakland CA 172 177 15 2,598,700
83 Grand Rapids, MIGrand Rapids, MI 59 120 123 779,700
84 Albuquerque NMAlbuquerque NM 73 137 84 899,900
85 Springfield MOSpringfield MO 12 58 138 440,700
86 Poughkeepsie NYPoughkeepsie NY 133 66 65 673,300
87 Fort Wayne, INFort Wayne, IN 7 139 146 419,800
88 Charleston WVCharleston WV 36 64 181 303,800
89 Madison WIMadison WI 129 38 10 576,700
90 Harrisburg PAHarrisburg PA 139 86 93 553,300
91 Milwaukee WIMilwaukee WI 136 123 59 1,562,900
92 Tucson AZTucson AZ 81 152 75 990,000
93 Kennewick WAKennewick WA 60 1 146 264,400
94 Edison NJEdison NJ 189 136 19 2,351,000
95 Buffalo NYBuffalo NY 135 48 101 1,133,800
96 Clarksville TNClarksville TN 28 46 185 278,100
97 Syracuse NYSyracuse NY 153 78 87 662,400
98 Memphis TNMemphis TN 25 153 133 1,327,300
99 Santa Ana, CASanta Ana, CA 169 181 24 3,059,000
100 Peoria ILPeoria IL 86 74 123 379,500

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