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10 Best Big US Cities to Launch a Business

Oklahoma City is first on the list
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2018 10:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you've got the entrepreneurial itch and are on the hunt for the best place to jump-start a business, WalletHub has some insights. The site pulled out more than 180 large US cities and looked at 19 key metrics for each in three main categories: business environment, including the average length of workweek and five-year business survival rate; access to resources such as investors and venture capital; and business costs, including corporate taxes and how much it costs to rent office space. Coming in at No. 1: Oklahoma City. Read on for the top 10 and their score out of 100.

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  1. Oklahoma City; 62.2
  2. Austin, Texas; 61.2 (No. 1 in "Business Environment" category)
  3. Sioux Falls, SD; 61.1
  4. Missoula, Mont.; 60.5
  5. Durham, NC; 59.7
  6. Bismarck, ND; 59.6
  7. Cheyenne, Wyo.; 59.2
  8. Billings, Mont.; 59.2
  9. Charlotte, NC; 59.2
  10. Raleigh, NC; 59.1
See what other cities made the list here, or see the best US city to live in.)

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