The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Metro Areas

Courtesy MIT
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Boston, 184 companies

With so many esteemed colleges and universities in the area, Boston has made a name for itself as a center for innovative research and venture capital. This year, Carbonite, an online data backup service, is the area's top company at No. 9, followed by Gazelle (No. 24), a green business that allows users to sell or recycle their gadgets online.