1. Charlotte, N.C.

2. Atlanta, Ga.

3. Indianapolis, Ind.

4. Nashville, Tenn.

5. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

6. Milwaukee, Wis.

7. Salt Lake City, Utah

8. Orlando, Fla.

9. Washington, D.C.

10. Birmingham, Ala.

...and the Worst

45. Detroit, Mich.

46. Oklahoma City, Okla.

47. Boston, Mass.

48. New York, N.Y.

49. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.

50. Hartford, Conn.

From a ranking of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in Entrepreneurial Hot Spots: The Best Places in America to Start and Grow a Company, published by Cognetics, in Cambridge, Mass. Cognetics is the company founded and led by David Birch, a pioneer in studying the role of new and small businesses in job generation. The report examines the concentration of new and growing businesses in states, regions, metropolitan areas, and rural areas. You can purchase a copy from Cognetics for $65 by calling 617-661-0300.

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