COLUMBIA, 7/24/11 (Beat Byte) -- Columbia, Missouri is the number eight Best Small City for Business, says Forbes Magazine in a new ranking of the top 25 most business-friendly large and small cities -- metropolitan areas with less than 250,000 people -- released this month.
With 14 midwestern cities and several college towns on the small cities list, Manhattan, Kansas (home of K-State) was tops; Lafayette, Indiana, home of Purdue University, was No. 11; Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa) ranked 13th.
For the rankings, Forbes considered past and projected job growth; cost of doing business; the cost of living; income growth; educational attainment; projected growth; quality of life; crime rate; cultural and recreational opportunities; net migration patterns; and highly-ranked colleges.
On Forbes' big-cities list, Raleigh, N.C., came in first, followed by Des Moines, Iowa. St. Louis ranked 23rd.