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USGNN Original StoryDo You Work in a "Great Place?"

Thinking about starting a new glass business? Among considerations such as finding your niche and selecting which products to sell, professionals looking to set up a new business must consider location, location, location. As such, Fortune magazine has ranked the 296 Census-designated metro areas according to business friendliness and lifestyle offerings to form a list of the top "great places" to work. The list considered factors such as tax rates, job growth and the number of airline flight connections with a 60-mile radius, as well as the number of parks and art venues within a 15-mile radius, health infrastructure and average temperature. Strong population growth and low crime rate were also factored in.

Rank
City
Launching Score Living Score % New Businesses
1 Bellevue, Wash 99 96 15
2 Georgetown, Texas 100 84 17
3 Buford, Ga. 99 85 18
4 Marina del Ray, Calif. 97 84 16
5 Bethesda, Md. 98 82 13
6 Portland, Ore. 97 82 15
7 Denver 99 75 16
8 Charlotte 95 79 15
9 Fort Worth 98 74 16
10 Franklin, Mass. 91 79 11
11 American Canyon, Calif. 70 100 12
12 Durham, N.C. 96 74 13
13 Manchester, N.H. 93 76 12
14 Virginia Beach 98 71 14
15 Salt Lake City 96 72 17
16 Novato, Calif. 84 81 13
17 Santa Fe 91 73 14
18 Charlottesville, Va. 97 64 13
19 Boise 92 68 17
20 Raleigh 86 74 16
21 Iowa City 85 75 11
22 Omaha 96 66 12
23 Minneapolis 75 82 14
24 Fargo, N.D. 87 69 14
25 Scottsdale 89 66 17

Source: Fortune magazine

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