Burlington named a Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

Vermont Business Magazine, 4/10/17 – Livability.com has released its second annual Best Cities for Entrepreneurs (link is external) list created in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine. Burlington ranked Number 12 on the list, with Alexandria, VA, topping the list. The new rankings combined Livability’s economic development experts and data scientists, who worked in tandem to rank small to mid-size cities across the US on what makes the best places for entrepreneurs to start a business and find quality of life.

The list is an exclusive, independent editorial ranking by Livability.com that started by reviewing over 2,000 cities across the country before narrowing the rankings to the top 50 cities for entrepreneurs. Each city had to be a great place to do business and feature a community with similarly-minded entrepreneurs – the team used 15 data points to rank the cities that included small business loans, creative class workers, affordability, culture, broadband technology, unemployment rates, high wage growth and diverse demographics, to name a few.

“Every city on this list is a great place for a startup,” says Becky Henson, Livability spokesperson. “What makes this list comprehensive is that entrepreneurs can find a place to start and grow a business, as well as have the amenities of a city where they can actually enjoy living.”

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