Best Small Places For Business And Careers

Rank Metro Area Cost Of Doing Business (Rank)1 Job Growth Projected (Rank)2 Educational Attainment (Rank)3 Metro Area Population (thou)
1 Sioux Falls SD 3 11 30 232
2 Greenville NC 4 49 35 175
3 Morgantown WV 37 46 28 119
4 Bloomington IN 11 41 23 185
5 Columbia MO 13 74 6 163
6 Bismarck ND 18 10 32 104
7 Fargo ND 62 29 22 193
8 Lafayette IN 17 58 20 195
9 Iowa City IA 21 124 5 149
10 Auburn AL 70 1 19 135
11 Charlottesville VA 31 45 7 195
12 Bloomington IL 25 38 9 165
13 Rapid City SD 1 54 49 121
14 College Station TX 89 4 15 204
15 Billings MT 95 6 27 151
16 Las Cruces NM 39 2 54 203
17 Santa Fe NM 100 35 10 145
18 Bend OR 90 7 36 158
19 Bowling Green KY 48 51 48 118
20 Ames IA 40 161 3 85
21 State College PA 106 75 8 145
22 Ithaca NY 167 33 1 102
23 Athens GA 94 65 16 189
24 Grand Junction CO 101 18 62 142
25 Corvallis OR 93 80 2 82
26 Tuscaloosa AL 75 16 51 208
27 Rochester MN 121 31 17 183
28 Lawrence KS 92 131 4 115
29 Jonesboro AR 14 15 102 117
30 Grand Forks ND 81 36 41 98
31 Blacksburg VA 33 97 29 158
32 Waterloo IA 49 176 53 163
33 Coeur d’Alene ID 29 24 91 138
34 Missoula MT 87 89 14 107
35 Bellingham WA 141 47 25 196
36 Wenatchee WA 58 39 75 109
37 Winchester VA 44 23 99 122
38 Dover DE 6 60 98 154
39 Columbus IN 41 135 60 75
40 Dubuque IA 68 157 61 93
41 Champaign IL 113 117 11 222
42 Prescott AZ 74 30 70 219
43 Hattiesburg MS 35 142 47 139
44 Johnson City TN 30 96 93 195
45 Medford OR 112 34 58 202
46 Harrisonburg VA 83 5 65 119
47 Abilene TX 38 76 82 160
48 Gainesville GA 86 22 97 184
49 Jefferson City MO 10 72 67 146
50 Wheeling WV 45 150 148 146

Best Places for Business And Careers

Rank Metro Area Cost Of Doing Business (Rank)1 Job Growth Projected2 Educational Attainment (Rank)3 Metro Area Population (thou)
1 Raleigh NC 16 4 11 1,086
2 Fort Collins CO 60 45 6 292
3 Durham NC 36 30 8 487
4 Fayetteville AR 11 19 143 442
5 Lincoln NE 21 100 24 296
6 Asheville NC 2 39 125 411
7 Des Moines IA 49 41 44 553
8 Austin TX 143 8 14 1,645
9 Boise ID 17 13 87 601
10 Colorado Springs CO 89 85 25 614
11 Albuquerque NM 34 63 55 847
12 Oklahoma City OK 23 70 97 1,203
13 Wilmington NC 3 2 107 348
14 Denver CO 130 76 20 2,506
15 Huntsville AL 88 25 27 393
16 San Antonio TX 15 27 120 2,032
17 Seattle WA 158 33 15 2,566
18 Winston-Salem NC 7 56 112 469
19 Charlotte NC 57 21 51 1,688
20 Boulder CO 126 77 1 294
21 Eugene OR 20 54 81 346
22 Little Rock AR 31 84 104 674
23 Olympia WA 100 22 41 241
24 Atlanta GA 114 50 34 5,363
25 Nashville TN 42 49 79 1,547
26 Portland OR 133 35 52 2,202
27 Charleston SC 92 23 84 640
28 Houston TX 121 20 69 5,748
29 Spokane WA 35 47 85 460
30 Fort Worth-Arlington TX 95 28 85 2,076
31 Indianapolis IN 71 94 63 1,715
32 Dallas TX 165 29 31 4,196
33 Lexington KY 41 101 37 453
34 Columbia SC 59 62 71 727
35 Omaha NE 78 112 57 847
36 Springfield MO 10 32 140 427
37 Greeley CO 111 15 127 251
38 Columbus OH 96 129 48 1,767
39 Richmond VA 45 74 62 1,227
40 Provo UT 75 5 30 507
41 Greensboro NC 1 103 115 707
42 Cedar Rapids IA 22 89 83 255
43 Knoxville TN 19 92 95 691
44 Lake County IL 138 121 21 883
45 Washington DC-Northern VA 181 52 7 4,200
46 Greenville SC 77 44 113 621
47 Tulsa OK 65 61 128 910
48 Bethesda MD 164 125 2 1,171
49 Montgomery AL 53 64 88 371
50 Gainesville FL 63 83 13 257

Best Countries for Business

Rank Name GDP Growth (%) GDP/Capita ($) Trade Balance as % of GDP Population (mil) Federal Budget Balance as % of GDP
1 Denmark 0.3 38,900 -0.6 5.5 6.7
2 United States 1.4 48,000 -5.6 303.8 -3.1
3 Canada 0.7 40,200 1.9 33.2 0.2
4 Singapore 3.0 52,900 17.2 4.6 0.6
5 New Zealand 0.6 28,500 -1.3 4.2 0.4
6 United Kingdom 1.1 37,400 -7.8 60.9 -5.9
7 Sweden 0.9 39,600 5.2 9.0 3.3
8 Australia 2.5 39,300 -1.0 21.0 0.4
9 Hong Kong 2.8 45,300 -8.5 7.0 -0.7
10 Norway 2.8 57,500 31.6 4.6 32.5
11 Netherlands 2.1 41,300 7.6 16.6 1.4
12 Belgium 1.5 38,300 -0.6 10.4 -0.7
13 Finland 2.4 38,400 5.5 5.2 NA
14 Ireland -0.7 47,800 18.5 4.2 -8.5
15 Switzerland 2.0 40,900 -12.9 7.6 1.7
16 Germany 1.7 34,800 11.5 82.4 1.2
17 Estonia -1.5 21,900 -10.7 1.3 -0.6
18 Japan 0.7 35,300 1.8 127.3 -3.4
19 Portugal 0.9 22,000 -12.3 10.7 -2.5
20 France 0.9 32,700 -4.2 64.1 -4.1
21 Luxembourg 4.0 85,100 -17.7 0.5 0.4
22 Israel 4.2 28,900 -4.1 7.1 -0.8
23 Chile 4.0 15,400 3.9 16.5 3.5
24 Iceland 2.0 42,600 2.3 0.3 3.3
25 Malaysia 5.5 15,700 9.9 25.3 -2.7
26 Taiwan 1.7 33,000 2.5 22.9 -0.9
27 Austria 2.1 39,600 -6.2 8.2 -1.4
28 Spain 1.3 34,100 -11.0 40.5 -3.0
29 South Korea 4.3 27,100 -0.1 48.4 0.7
30 Slovakia 7.0 22,600 -0.5 5.5 -1.7
31 Italy 0.0 31,000 0.0 58.1 -3.6
32 South Africa 3.7 10,400 -1.2 48.8 0.1
33 Bahrain 7.0 37,200 13.2 0.7 5.3
33 Jordan 4.5 5,000 -29.4 6.2 -5.9
35 Mauritius 5.8 12,400 -13.6 1.3 -2.4
36 Slovenia 4.5 30,800 -6.2 2.0 0.4
37 Qatar 11.8 101,000 45.0 0.8 14.7
38 Czech Republic 4.5 26,800 2.0 10.2 -1.6
39 Oman 6.2 20,400 30.5 3.3 5.4
40 Hungary 2.0 20,500 0.9 9.9 -2.9
41 Turkey 4.5 12,900 -6.8 71.9 -1.3
42 Lithuania 5.1 18,400 -10.3 3.6 -0.7
43 Poland 5.3 17,800 -3.4 38.5 -1.5
44 Saudi Arabia 6.0 21,300 37.0 28.1 9.8
45 Latvia -0.4 18,500 -14.0 2.2 -1.2
46 United Arab Emirates 8.5 40,400 35.7 4.6 18.7
47 Romania 8.0 12,500 -11.6 22.2 -2.4
48 Botswana 5.2 15,800 4.1 1.8 1.5
49 Kuwait 8.1 60,800 43.6 2.6 31.5
50 Croatia 4.6 16,900 -22.6 4.5 -2.4