Sunday, July 24, 2011

COLUMBIA BEST FOR BIZ: New Forbes rating ranks city #8 on 2011 biz-friendly list

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. 

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