Best Cities to Work for a Small Business

Date: August 06, 2015

A new study found the best small business environments—for employees.

There’s plenty of information out there on the best locations to start a small business, but what location is best to be an employee for a small business?

Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the top cities to work for a small business, according to a new study by WalletHub. The financial research firm released a report on the best places to work for a small business, focusing on location and overall quality of small business jobs in those areas, Inc. reported. The survey was based on 11 factors, including net small business job growth, industry variety, average wages for new employees and growth in number of small businesses.

WalletHub analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics on 100 metropolitan areas across the country.

The report ranked these cities as the top five that are most inviting to small business employees: 

1. Charlotte/Concord/Gastonia, North Carolina and South Carolina
2. Raleigh, North Carolina
3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
4. Austin/Round Rock, Texas
5. Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The bottom-five cities:

96. Fresno, California
97. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton, Pennsylvania
98. Toledo, Ohio
99. Stockton/Lodi, California
100. Youngstown/Warren/Boardman, Ohio and

In other measures, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida, ranked highest for net small business job growth and Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach, Florida, took the top spot in highest number of small businesses per 1,000 inhabitants. In addition, the Houston/The Woodlands/Sugar Land, Texas, area scored highest in earnings for small business employees.

The report also included tips on how to land a small business job such as tailoring your job search, focusing on your long-term career path and approaching each position with a mentality specific to that job.

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