On the 10th of May we covered the first part of out 10 best cities to start a company in the U.S. and today we round out the group by adding the other five.
San Diego, California
When 20+ year ago the military decided it was going to move some of its bases away from SD the city government had two options, 1. Fall the way of the rust belt, 2. reinvent itself. Luckily it opted for number two, and now the city is a hotbed of startup activity, anything from solar panels, to new medicines and drugs, and software. S.D. is not a bad place to start your new venture.
Pros: Why it may not have the dynamics of it’s northern California neighbor, it does possess Spanish Colonial flair that S.F. for the most part lacks, and with January temperatures in S.D. on average at 68.8F or 18C you can save plenty of money on winter clothing.
Cons: Undoubtedly you will have drunk college students passing by, and visiting the city when on their way to Rosarito or Tijuana.
Strange Fact: Barbie Dolls, blue jeans, the boysenberry, the pill, white zinfandel wine (for better or worse), the square tomato, natural soda, the computer “mouse,” the wetsuit, and theme parks were all invented in California.
Simply put, the city is booming, and with a young population, the university of Phoenix’s Spirit of Enterprise Center, and a small but growing tech scene the city is a heavy up and comer in the entrepreneurship scene. While there is no specific industry as of yet in Phoenix it’s dynamism is definitely a draw for any budding entrepreneur.
Pros: The Phoenix Small Business Development Program is a great resource and tool for any budding entrepreneur, as is ASU.
Cons: The lack of a defining industry is a gamble and it can get bloody hot, 106F (42C) during the summer. Ouch.
Strange Fact: In Phoenix, you can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on, who’d have thunk it.
Hotlanta! What’s there to say it’s another boom town. And with high growth come big opportunities. The city is focusing heavily on the development of a biotech cluster, so for all scientists reading this, give Atlanta more than just a glance.
Pros: Atlanta boasts full portfolio of city-backed loans, grants and tax credits and combines it all with a low cost of living.
Cons: Atlanta ranked the 10th most dangerous city in its population range in 2009.
Strange Fact: Should you be in the minority of Giraffe owners know that it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp in Atlanta.
With SXSW, a young population, universities, a bustling music scene, food and film scene, and now a stronger and growing tech scene this is the city to be in if you’re in Texas.
Pros: The Tech Ranch and Capital Incubators are pushing the entrepreneurship scene forward, and the Texan ethos has created a truly collaborative environment.
Cons: There is no major airport, meaning you’ll have to drive to either Dallas of Houston, and the traffic is terrible for a city of its size.
Strange Fact: Austin’s Capitol building is pink! A very stately color.
The effects of Microsoft are very much evident in this corner of the U.S. and as such the intellectual capital in this city is rivaled only by a few pockets in the rest of the States. Notwithstanding, you’ve also got a lot of money flowing into new startups and technology.
Pros: If you’re in IT, WA has the highest per capita share of technology-dependent jobs among all the states in the country.
Cons: Honestly, it’s the weather, London weather, year round rain and little sun. It can be taxing, but if it doesn’t bother you, then Seattle is a great place. Also not great if you’re not in IT.
Strange Fact: Seattle is home to weird beverage makers. Aside from the gloabl Starbucks, it’s also home to Jones Soda, that at one point offered a kosher Ham & Latke flavored beverage. Oy vey!
The following cities while not in the Top10 according to us, are definitely up and comers and should be looked into and investigated by any budding entrepreneur looking for a new location.
Portland, Oregon – Las Vegas, Nevada – Orlando, Florida – Youngstown, Ohio