10 best large cities to start a business

Five Florida cities are among the top 10 best large cities to start a business in the U.S., according to WalletHub's annual ranking for 2024. 

To compile the ranking, the personal finance website compared 100 cities across three key dimensions: business environment, access to resources and business costs. Nineteen relevant metrics were considered within the three dimensions, including business survival rate, labor costs and office-space affordability. 

Here are the 10 best large cities to start a business, per the ranking: 

  1. Orlando, Fla. 
  2. Tampa, Fla. 
  3. Charlotte, N.C.
  4. Jacksonville, Fla. 
  5. Miami
  6. Atlanta
  7. Fort Worth, Texas
  8. Austin, Texas
  9. Durham, N.C.
  10. St. Petersburg, Fla. 

View the full list here. To view the ranking for small cities, click here.

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