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Special Report
Best Places For Business And Careers
03.19.08, 6:00 PM ET


Rank Metro Area Cost Of Doing Business (Rank) 1 Job Growth (Rank) 2 Educational Attainment (Rank) 3 Metro Area Population (thou)
1 Raleigh NC 16 21 11 1,034
2 Boise ID 17 13 87 585
3 Fort Collins CO 60 80 6 281
4 Des Moines IA 49 60 44 543
5 Lexington KY 40 110 37 443
6 Atlanta GA 114 69 34 5,266
7 Richmond VA 46 75 62 1,211
8 Olympia WA 100 22 41 240
9 Spokane WA 35 36 85 452
10 Knoxville TN 19 84 95 673
11 Provo UT 75 8 30 483
12 Durham NC 36 82 8 472
13 Albuquerque NM 34 47 55 833
14 Indianapolis IN 71 95 64 1,688
15 Nashville TN 42 45 79 1,470
16 Colorado Springs CO 89 115 25 608
17 Fayetteville AR 12 16 143 431
18 Lincoln NE 21 132 24 288
19 Springfield MO 10 41 140 410
20 Seattle WA 158 61 15 2,545
21 Mercer County NJ 160 42 18 370
22 Naples FL 103 5 49 320
23 Ogden UT 68 29 94 506
24 Lynchburg VA 27 58 164 241
25 Washington DC-Northern VA 181 39 7 4,191


1Index based on cost of labor, energy, taxes and office space.
25-year annualized figures.
3Share of Population over age 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher.
Sources: Economy.com; Sperling's BestPlaces.
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