There's a least one great excuse -- besides the sunny weather and proximity to the ocean -- to start up your business in Riverside, California. Small businesses in this city are booming, bringing in an average annual revenue of $1.2 million. On the other hand, if Northern California suits you better, consider starting up in San Jose. That city boasts of having the best small business credit scores in the county. 

In this infographic created by Column Five on behalf of Merchant Warehouse you can see how other cities stack up according to revenue and credit score rankings.