Austin, Texas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Charleston, South Carolina top the list.
"We used a six-part formula to analyze the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas, searching for the places that offer the best climates for small businesses. See the bottom of this page for a database with the top-to-bottom standings.
Austin emerged as the clear leader, thanks to its outstanding records in three statistical categories that have a direct impact on small-business activity:"
Population, employment and small business growth.