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Forbes' Best Places for Business And Careers

2013 Forbes' Rankings

MSA
Overall Rank
Cost of Doing Business
Job Growth
Education
Des Moines, IA
1
33
35
34
Nashville, TN
5
19
16
71
Indianapolis, IN
24
51
51
65
Lexington, KY
27
77
67
39
Grand Rapids, MI
55
54
52
109
Madison, WI
89
130
41
10
Peoria, IL
102
63
69
133
Fort Wayne, IN
108
7
139
133
Chattanooga, TN
142
34
135
158
Kalamazoo, MI
155
68
165
86
Toledo, OH
164
60
161
151
Evansville, IN
169
40
59
174
South Bend, IN
171
14
173
138
Dayton, OH
181
98
156
141
Rockford, IL
194
44
180
180

There were 200 MSAs in this study. Rank #1 went to Des Moines, IA and the lowest ranking was held by Atlantic City, NJ.

The full 2013 list is available at Forbes.com.

Chart showing the overall rankings as presented in the table above.

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