Jacksonville Ranked as the Best City in the Country to Start a Business

The area had the second-highest five-year success rate for businesses in the country, it found.

“Jacksonville’s high ranking as a entrepreneurial destination mirrors expectations for strong growth throughout the city’s economy in 2014, buoyed by hiring in the construction and professional services industries as well as a burgeoning start-up community,” the report said.

The top 10:

1. Jacksonville

2. Fayetteville, N.C.

3. Augusta, Ga.

4. Jackson, Miss.

5. Memphis

6. New Orleans

7. Tulsa, Okla.

8. Columbus, Ga.

9. Cape Coral

10. Las Vegas


The bottom 10:

141. Ontario, Calif.

142. Jersey City, N.J.

143. Santa Clara, Calif.

144. Anaheim, Calif.

146. Santa Ana, Calif.

147. Garden Grove, Calif.

148. Glendale, Calif

149. Providence, R.I.

150. Newark, N.J.


By Roger Bull