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10 Great Cities for Starting a Business

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If you're hoping to start your own business, finding the right place to set up shop is a critical first step. To give budding entrepreneurs a jump on the competition, we scoured the country for ten startup-friendly cities.

First, we looked for metropolitan areas with high concentrations of small businesses. Then we scanned for places with low living costs, specifically for self-employed people, as measured by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Some pricier areas still made the cut because they offer advantages, such as large pools of highly skilled workers, that might outweigh the expense.

Next we screened for an educated workforce to ensure you'll have plenty of promising job applicants when you're ready to hire. Finally, we looked for areas that tend to receive a lot of start-up investment dollars and offer low business costs.

Take a look at our list of ten of the best cities for entrepreneurs.

10 Great Cities for Starting a Business

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