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The Best U.S. Cities for Business

A new survey of the best cities for business finds that affordability is more important than being fashionable. As a result, Inc. magazine put Riverside and San Bernardino, Calif., and the New Jersey cities of Camden and Newark high on its list.

NPR's Bob Edwards talks to Joel Kotkin, author of the story, "Top 25 Cities For Doing Business in America," in the magazine's March issue. Below are the magazine's lists of the best and worst places for businesses to thrive.

Top 25 Large Cities for Doing Business

1. Atlanta
2. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
3. Las Vegas
4. San Antonio
5. West Palm Beach, Fla.
6. Southern New Jersey
7. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach, Fla.
8. Jacksonville, Fla.
9. Newark, N.J.
10. Suburban Maryland-D.C., Md.
11. Orlando, Fla.
12. Phoenix
13. Washington, D.C., Metro Area
14. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
15. San Diego
16. Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y.
17. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
18. New Orleans
19. Austin, Texas
20. Northern Virginia
21. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, N.J.
22. Miami-Hialeah, Fla.
23. Orange County, Calif.
24. Oklahoma City
25. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y.

10 Worst Metro Areas for Business

1. San Jose, Calif.
2. Grand Rapids, Mich.
3. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
4. Dayton, Ohio
5. Rochester, N.Y.
6. New York City
7. San Francisco
8. Portland, Ore.
9. Boston
10. Philadelphia

Source: Inc. Magazine

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