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Forbes' Best Places for Business And Careers

2014 Forbes' Rankings

MSA
Overall Rank
Cost of Doing Business
Job Growth
Education
Des Moines, IA
2
38
35
43
Nashville, TN
10
91
7
57
Indianapolis, IN
22
55
46
63
Lexington, KY
31
60
56
40
Madison, WI
33
127
44
11
Grand Rapids, MI
39
73
17
114
Fort Wayne, IN
92
9
150
147
Evansville, IN
119
25
87
162
Toledo, OH
120
48
142
155
Peoria, IL
152
64
183
136
Chattanooga, TN
156
44
141
160
Kalamazoo, MI
160
82
181
77
South Bend, IN
163
19
188
129
Dayton, OH
182
141
174
134
Rockford, IL
194
17
196
167

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

The full 2014 list is available at Forbes.com.

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