Hamilton, Cincinnati among best places to start a business in U.S.

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Fleurish Home, which offers home decor furnishings as well as design center elements, opened a new location on Main Street in Hamilton this September in the former Tom’s Cigar Store space. The store’s opening came a few months after Pet Wants Hamilton opened a storefront next door. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Cincinnati, Columbus and Hamilton rank among the top 100 cities to start a business in the United States, according to a new survey.

The just-posted ranking from How to Start an LLC of the top 100 cities to start a business in the nation shows the top five cities are New Braunfels, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Cincinnati; and Arlington, Texas.

The states with the most highly-ranked cities are, in order of the amount of cities, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Colorado and Ohio.

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Columbus ranks No. 16 and Hamilton ranks No. 28 on the list.

“The cities of Cincinnati and Hamilton in Ohio are also worthy places to start a business, owing to a state economy growing faster than the national average and a low cost of living,” according to the group.

Metrics that factored into the ranking included cost of living, unemployment, university data, and the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, which focuses on new business creation activity and people engaging in business startup activity.

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Only cities with more than 50,000 residents are reported in the results.