99 of 100
99. Savannah, Ga.
Population: 129,333
Pros: Beautiful landscape, large port, active business community
Con: Increased traffic

If active business organizations, beautiful European architecture and a network of rivers and creeks sound like appealing amenities, Savannah may be the city for you. Located at the mouth of the Savannah River, this picturesque Southern town is home to one of the country's most active ports, making it a great location for businesses involved in or needing access to shipping services.

Savannah's maximum corporate income tax rate has stayed at the same rate, 6%, since 1969. Incentives for job creation in the city's leading industries - tourism, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology - are available through the Savannah Economic Development Authority, along with a few unique offerings, such as tax credits for small businesses that experience rapid growth over three consecutive years, and utility rate discounts for new companies that create at least 10 jobs or invest $1,000,000 in property. The Creative Coast Initiative - a joint venture between the city, Chatham county, and local tech leaders - is actively pushing to keep state representatives aware of the funding and service needs of smaller startups.

Population and visitation growth have made Savannah more congested in recent years, but a quick escape to a luxury beach resort on nearby island Hilton Head should be enough to soothe a stressed soul. -Brandi Stewart

Interactive map: Savannah
Homes for sale Find homes for sale in Savannah

NEXT: 100: Colchester, Vt.

Last updated July 02 2008: 11:16 AM ET
More Galleries
Commuting is getting easier. Here's why The MobiPrize, conducted by SMART at the University of Michigan, recognizes innovation in global transportation. From microcars to auto rickshaws, these six startups are some of the standouts. More
A sampling of beers being made with traditional Latin flavors A small but growing number of craft breweries are including passion fruit, Mexican cinnamon and other traditional Latin flavors. More
Banks won't lend? Use these guys instead Banks often have exhaustive approval processes, high minimums, and flawless credit requirements. But there's a wealth of non-bank alternatives for those who need capital fast. Here are some of the leaders. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.