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Iowa
Rank Metro area Population # of small businesses
(1-49 employees)*
#18 among small places Ames 86,754 1,911
  Cedar Rapids 255,452 6,376
  Davenport 377,626 9,013
#8 among midsize places Des Moines 556,230 14,174
#8 among small places Dubuque 92,724 2,585
  Iowa City 149,437 3,559
  Sioux City 143,157 3,607
#17 among small places Waterloo 164,220 3,931
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2007 County Business Patterns.
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