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10 US Cities With the Highest Startup Growth

Nashville means business.

At least, that’s what many of the latest reports and statistics say. We’re pretty sure Nashville also means good food, great music, and an abundance of community activities, but we suppose that’s indicative of a healthy economy and a penchant for work/life balance.

The Kauffman Index ranks metropolitan areas for growth entrepreneurship each year, and Nashville ranked in the top ten for 2016, performing better than both San Francisco and Boston. Here’s the full lineup:

10. Dallas, TX

Rank change from 2015: 0

Rate of Startup Growth: 56.27%

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9. San Antonio, TX

Rank change from 2015: +11

Rate of Startup Growth: 85.77%

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8. San Francisco, CA

Rank change from 2015: -2

Rate of Startup Growth: 71.48%

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7. San Diego, CA

Rank change from 2015: 0

Rate of Startup Growth: 72.97%

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6. Boston, MA

Rank change from 2015: -3

Rate of Startup Growth: 74.34%

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5. Nashville, TN

Rank change from 2015: +4

Rate of Startup Growth: 71.47%

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4. Columbus, OH

Rank change from 2015: +1

Rate of Startup Growth: 51.86%

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3. San Jose, CA

Rank change from 2015: +1

Rate of Startup Growth: 128.12%

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2. Austin, TX

Rank change from 2015: 0

Rate of Startup Growth: 81.23%

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1. Washington, D.C.

Rank change from 2015: 0

Rate of Startup Growth: 116.85%

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