NerdWallet tallied the top metro areas by population to determine this (surprising!) list of the best cities for young founders. With an equal weighting of loan data, cost of living, business activity, education and income, they’ve crunched the numbers to tally an overall score for 42 major cities. These 10 came out on top—and (shockingly!) the Alley and the Valley are nowhere to be found.

 

No. 10 Houston, Texas

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  • C&I Loans: $250M
  • Cost of Living Index: 94.2
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 9.9
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 28.4%
  • Average income: $26,849

 

No. 9 Omaha, Nebraska

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  • C&I Loans: $51M
  • Cost of Living Index: 89.4
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 8.1
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 27.8%
  • Average income: $26,113

 

No. 8 Austin, Texas

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  • C&I Loans: $28M
  • Cost of Living Index: 94.4
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 10.8
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 44.5%
  • Average income: $31,170

 

No. 7 Minneapolis, Minnesota

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  • C&I Loans: $52M
  • Cost of Living Index: 110.8
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 10.4
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 44.7%
  • Average income: $30,693

 

No. 6 Seattle, Washington

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  • C&I Loans: $41M
  • Cost of Living Index: 116.2
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 12.5
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 55.8%
  • Average income: $41,695

 

No. 5 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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  • C&I Loans: $118M
  • Cost of Living Index: 90.5
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 10.3
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 27.9%

 

No. 4 Raleigh, North Carolina

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  • C&I Loans: $44M
  • Cost of Living Index: 90.9
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 10.5
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 47.3%
  • Average income: $30,377
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No. 3 Atlanta, Georgia

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  • C&I Loans: $62M
  • Cost of Living Index: 95
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 9.8
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 46.1%
  • Average income: $35,884

 

No. 2 Tampa, Florida

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  • C&I Loans: $79M
  • Cost of Living Index: 92.2
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 11.5
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 32.2%
  • Average income: $28,863

 

No. 1 Tulsa, Oklahoma

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  • C&I Loans: $125M
  • Cost of Living Index: 88.3
  • Businesses per 100 Residents: 10.7
  • Population with a Bachelor’s Degree: 29.5%
  • Average income: $26,727

 

This feature originally appeared in Forbes.

 

 

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