Special Report

Large Cities Where Starting a Business Is Worth the Risk

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50. Boston, Massachusetts
> Overall score: 55.71
> Best ranking business aspect: Access to Resources
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 5.7% — 34th lowest
> Population: 684,379

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49. Sacramento, California
> Overall score: 55.79
> Best ranking business aspect: Business Environment
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 7.7% — 29th highest
> Population: 500,930

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48. Birmingham, Alabama
> Overall score: 55.82
> Best ranking business aspect: Business Costs
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 5.2% — 21st lowest
> Population: 212,297

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47. Omaha, Nebraska
> Overall score: 55.84
> Best ranking business aspect: Access to Resources
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 3.3% — 3rd lowest
> Population: 475,862

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46. Fort Wayne, Indiana
> Overall score: 55.86
> Best ranking business aspect: Business Costs
> Unemployment rate in June 2021: 5.1% — 18th lowest
> Population: 265,752

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