Best and Worst Cities to Start Your Own Business


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Starting a business isn’t easy, especially if you’re in an environment that isn’t friendly towards entrepreneurs. If it’s harder for you to start a business in a city, then it will be harder to create jobs to employ workers.

Recently, an article was published by the website Wallet hub that ranked the top cities to start a business. Using various factors such as five-year survival rate, the affordability of office space and the attainment of education by the local labor force, the 150 most populated cities were ranked.

According to the results, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul were not at the top of the list nor were they at the bottom. St. Paul was ranked 87th overall while Minneapolis was ranked 89th.

As for cities that are in states that surround Minnesota, they are all ranked higher than the Twin Cities as far as being friendly towards entrepreneurs. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was ranked sixth and Des Moines, Iowa, was ranked 52nd. In Wisconsin, the cities of Milwaukee and Madison were ranked 47th and 82nd respectively.

Of the three biggest markets, Chicago is the friendliest towards entrepreneurs with a rank of 84. As for Los Angeles and New York City, they are ranked 88th and 105th respectively.

The top five cities to start a business are:

1 Shreveport, Louisiana

2 Tulsa, Oklahoma

3 Springfield, Missouri

4 Chattanooga, Tennessee

5 Jackson, Mississippi

The worst city to start a business according to Wallet Hub is Newark, New Jersey. It should also be noted that of the ten worst cities for entrepreneurs, seven of them are located in California.

As the results show, Minneapolis and St. Paul are not the worst cities to start a business, nor are they the best. The politicians in these cities should implement policies that would encourage entrepreneurs to want to start a business. Policies such as reduced government spending which would mean lower taxes and less regulations that would make it easier to start a business.

For those of you that are planning on starting a business, I wish you all the best.


Photo courtesy of: j nygren





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Troy Larson

Troy has never seen a baseball game, but he’s a baseball fan. The fact he’s blind and hears with a cochlear implant hasn’t stopped him from following his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Not only that, but he’s a walking encyclopedia of baseball history. He can tell you who won every World Series since 1920. A life long resident of Burnsville, he holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is following his passion in radio broadcasting by hosting a weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast called Troy’s Twins Chat. Although baseball is Troy’s biggest passion, he will also write about the many other topics that interest him.

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