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business statistics
Employer establishments with 1-49 employees
Small business growth rate
% 5.92%
State business tax climate ranking
(out of 50 states)
Percentage of population with bachelor's degree
(ages 25-34)
% 33.48%
Violent crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants,2007)
Property crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants,2007)
Population growth
% 7.84%
Per-capita income
$ $36,545.24
Per-capita income growth
% 27.66%
GDP growth
% 38.97%
Average hourly wage
Housing foreclosure rate
(first half of 2009)
Median rent
(2009, for a 2-bedroom housing unit)
$ $778.80
Housing price-to-income (HPI) ratio
(first quarter of 2009)
% 1.70%
Long-term HPI ratio
(20-year average, 1984-2004)
% 1.65%
HPI deviation from long-term average
% 1.47%
All statistics are for the full Metropolitan Statistical Area. For a complete list of data sources, see "How we picked the Best Places."

From the November 2009 issue
Best Places Winners
Are these great places to live, or what?
ireportTell us why: Low taxes? Talented workers? An active small business community? Send us your photos and videos, and you could be featured in our upcoming coverage of reader-picked Best Places to Launch. More
This year we partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to find the 50 most business-friendly communities in America.

With help from Robert Fairlie, an economist and leading scholar of entrepreneurship at the University of California, Santa Cruz, we developed a methodology and sifted through such data on factors such as per capita income, hourly wages, workforce quality, crime rates, taxes and foreclosures. More

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Data partners

This package was produced in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Foreclosure data provided by RealtyTrac.

Housing price-to-income data provided by Moody's