List of the 10 U.S. cities with the greatest concentration of small companies.
Organization men (and women) are city slickers, preferring to do their business in major metropolitan areas; real entrepreneurs, evidently, prefer "edge cities," outside metro areas but with access to all the amenities urban areas have to offer. Below are the 10 places that have the greatest concentration of small companies anywhere in the United States. Notice that there's not a downtown area among them.
% of companies with fewer than 50 employees
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Coral Gables, Fla.
Southpark Area, N.C.
San Antonio Airport Area, Tex.
South Texas Medical Center Area, Tex.
Redwood City, Calif.
San Rafael, Calif.
The Sunset Freeway Corridor, Oreg.
Newport Beach, Fashion Island, Calif.
Source: Edge City Database, produced by Strategic Mapping of Santa Clara, Calif., 1993.