Special Report

Large Cities Where Starting a Business Is Worth the Risk

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5. Boise, Idaho
> Overall score: 63.37
> Best ranking business aspect: Business Environment
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 3.0% — 2nd lowest
> Population: 226,115

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4. Orlando, Florida
> Overall score: 63.58
> Best ranking business aspect: Business Costs
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 6.2% — 46th lowest
> Population: 280,832

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3. Lubbock, Texas
> Overall score: 63.79
> Best ranking business aspect: Access to Resources
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 5.7% — 36th lowest
> Population: 253,851

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2. Durham, North Carolina
> Overall score: 63.95
> Best ranking business aspect: Access to Resources
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 4.3% — 7th lowest
> Population: 269,702

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1. Laredo, Texas
> Overall score: 64.97
> Best ranking business aspect: Access to Resources
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 7.6% — 30th highest
> Population: 259,151

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