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2019 Best of the Midwest: Startup Cities RankingsStartup EnvironmentAccess to ResourcesBusiness Climate
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Startup ActivityTalent, Sales & InnovationInvestor PresenceAccelerators/IncubatorsGovernmentCostDemographicsConnectivity
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CITYIncludingSTATEStartupsStartup DensityStartup MomentumExits% ExitsBig OutcomesPatentsFortune 500sUniversity EcosystemEducated WorkforceVCsAverage # VC DealsCapital InvestedAngelsAccelerators/IncubatorsLoansGov ProgramsLabor CostsCost of LivingTax ClimatePopulationGDPAirportsPopulation ReachTotal ScoreRank
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# StartupsNumber of Statups/ Population% Change in # Startups from 2013 to 2018# ExitsNum of Exits / Num of Startups# and Size of Big Exits and Big Raises# Utility patents in a year# Fortune 500 companiesExpert Ranking & # IP Patents Received% Population w/ at least a bachelor's degree# VC investorsAverage # deals per VCTotal Capital Invested by VC's in each Metro# Angel groups# and Rank of Accelerators & Incubators# Small Business LoansExpert AssessmentMean Annual SalaryRegional Price ParitiesTax Climate Ranking# City inhabitantsGDP per capitaNearest major airport: distance & # nonstop flightsPopulation in 125-mile radius & # interstate highwaysEach variable multiplied by it's weight
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Chicago
Evanston, Aurora, Joliet, Elgin, Lisle, Naperville, Schaumburg, Orland Park, Downers Grove, Arlington Heights, Waukegan, Hammond, IN and Gary, IN, Woodridge, IL
Illinois54.0013.8216.2154.009.1754.0054.0054.0054.0025.9654.007.5354.0054.0054.0054.0030.7815.260.0011.5754.0039.9854.0054.0044.291
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Minneapolis
Saint Paul, Bloomington, Burnsville, Minnetonka, Edina, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Wayzata, MN
Minnesota38.5311.1119.4615.538.5942.6649.4042.4343.1332.0234.7410.3944.1830.2333.1240.5822.140.003.562.5737.4640.0833.838.9331.422
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Pittsburgh
Monroeville, Moon, Mt Lebanon, Bethel Park, Penn Hills, Oakland, PA
Pennsylvania
39.7016.8414.5022.9312.319.0712.2623.1448.8919.6728.3615.6239.2719.3826.9111.5222.6824.1327.5814.1425.1229.4111.6219.2725.293
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Indianapolis
Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville, Greenwood, Avon
Indiana27.5514.0715.3812.589.7218.489.5311.5723.2420.2321.2716.4639.2727.1320.7037.7850.7627.5133.8245.0020.6938.799.7823.5924.844
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St. Louis
Clayton, Chesterfield, Florissant, St. Charles, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Hazelwood, Ferguson and Belleville, IL
Missouri36.4313.588.409.625.633.3611.2630.8645.5120.5526.946.9039.2720.1540.375.5215.1223.5535.6039.8628.7227.3713.4511.3324.215
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Ann ArborMichigan19.1554.0015.3913.3214.8215.7910.470.0042.8654.0016.3113.7534.3617.8313.461.8122.6814.625.0441.142.8932.6317.5714.6320.496
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Madison
Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Middleton
Wisconsin21.8334.5922.608.147.942.696.363.8643.6938.8717.7211.4234.3610.8527.957.2452.389.7419.5816.715.9743.503.4615.1220.187
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Cincinnati
Hamilton, Mason, Northgate, Sharonville, Covington, KY and Newport, KY
Ohio20.329.7024.1610.3610.866.3814.4527.0030.9819.1215.6010.8734.3610.8524.8420.8330.2425.3239.763.8622.1932.3310.3925.0219.958
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Columbus
Gahanna, Westerville, Dublin, Grove City, New Albany, OH
Ohio22.4211.1314.859.629.1412.437.3515.4340.2223.7311.3423.6334.3613.9512.4230.1330.2422.0232.933.8621.3133.847.7421.7219.719
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Cleveland
Parma, Elyria, Shaker Heights, Lorain, Lakewood, Cleveland Heights
Ohio22.5311.468.954.444.206.3812.4411.5741.2815.6119.146.0029.4514.7322.7720.0030.2423.1639.163.8620.7836.4010.1936.3119.4410
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Detroit
Warren, Sterling Heights, Troy, Livonia, Dearborn, Southfield, MI
Michigan16.353.9514.256.668.689.7442.2423.140.0015.4512.058.6229.459.3019.6722.4722.6817.4222.5541.1444.8629.8429.5521.3418.4711
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Milwaukee
Racine, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, Oak Creek
Wisconsin11.686.8916.535.9210.800.679.1023.1437.2020.6814.895.8819.649.3024.8415.9752.3823.2724.1616.7117.7629.157.3432.1816.7012
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Kansas City
Olathe, Independence, Overland Park, KS, Lenexa, KS
Missouri18.338.9511.8413.3215.4811.4212.213.860.0024.3717.729.5729.4517.8317.6013.5015.1222.1030.5639.8621.7030.6610.196.9516.5813
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Lafayette
West Lafayette
Indiana9.5745.1520.930.741.654.702.130.0041.3021.031.4254.0014.730.004.142.2250.7633.9637.0945.001.3117.932.1417.2815.2814
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Louisville
Crestwood, KY, Jeffersontown, Jeffersonville, IN, Clarksville, IN and New Albany, IN
Kentucky14.0111.3015.140.741.137.053.317.7125.9112.118.519.6419.647.7512.429.8032.4032.4737.0928.2912.7228.406.1120.2014.6515
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ChampaignUrbanaIllinois6.0726.5043.392.227.790.342.340.0041.1532.812.1320.5714.732.334.140.4130.7822.4130.5611.571.5021.391.6323.9811.9416
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Bloomington
Indiana3.0418.935.790.000.000.001.580.0038.2732.340.7123.149.823.104.141.0750.7639.3432.3445.000.7415.522.6514.6711.3417
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Omaha
Bellevue, La Vista, Council Bluffs, IA
Nebraska8.419.3310.614.4411.251.342.2515.430.0023.428.516.4319.647.758.289.4722.6825.1832.3427.008.9537.736.521.5611.2318
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LincolnNebraska6.0718.9832.250.000.000.670.980.0034.2926.921.4227.0019.640.007.255.3522.6826.7735.3127.002.5130.080.611.4311.0619
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Akron
Canton, Cuyahoga Falls, Massillon and Kent
Ohio7.246.8612.271.484.352.025.317.7119.6511.403.544.6319.641.556.2112.9230.2433.3541.893.8610.675.512.7723.4710.8520
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LexingtonKentucky5.2510.6423.632.9612.000.002.780.0031.5925.173.544.6314.736.202.074.6132.4033.9236.2028.294.4427.823.068.2510.8321
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Iowa CityCoralvilleIowa3.7422.5424.110.744.220.341.040.0037.2043.810.7154.0019.641.552.070.6633.4820.0127.000.000.8029.871.432.9310.6322
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South BendElkhartIndiana2.224.4011.570.747.110.001.513.8641.365.072.1318.009.820.782.074.8650.7634.6844.2645.004.560.002.7318.7110.2823
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LansingEast LansingMichigan3.397.359.560.744.661.011.113.8638.3521.822.8415.4319.640.7810.353.9522.6823.8033.5341.144.0717.811.4920.2810.1924
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Des Moines
West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Clive
Iowa6.6610.6214.631.484.740.343.487.710.0025.019.932.7619.644.657.256.0933.4816.1829.370.005.9154.004.284.7610.1725
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Grand Rapids
WyomingMichigan4.554.4512.051.486.920.002.840.000.0018.166.3812.0019.642.332.0714.4122.6833.5331.7541.1410.3026.585.919.859.4426
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ColumbiaMissouri2.2212.8911.570.000.000.000.610.0034.7440.620.000.0014.732.334.142.8815.1237.0038.8739.860.8722.082.365.089.2927
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AmesIowa2.4526.1516.881.4812.860.340.990.0035.2548.111.4215.434.911.552.070.4933.4817.6733.820.000.0023.771.001.769.2828
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Fort WayneIndiana3.628.654.260.000.000.341.833.860.009.243.546.174.911.553.116.2650.7633.8942.4345.003.6021.641.6312.059.2229
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Fargo
North Dakota
4.2017.919.450.000.000.001.040.000.0026.442.135.149.821.552.073.9541.5821.1034.7136.001.5635.291.630.158.9230
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DaytonBeavercreekOhio2.923.797.310.745.400.003.370.0033.6712.741.427.7114.733.104.148.2330.2426.5642.733.867.5221.532.8519.898.9031
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Toledo
Maumee, Sylvania
Ohio2.223.857.500.000.000.002.207.716.179.562.132.579.821.554.147.1630.2433.5746.583.865.3525.948.5826.138.3132
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EvansvilleIndiana1.053.4913.500.000.000.001.303.860.007.170.7123.144.910.000.001.8950.7638.2843.3245.002.3027.120.904.808.2633
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AthensOhio1.874.256.751.4816.880.670.300.0025.9114.651.427.719.820.000.000.0830.2454.0045.993.863.8318.431.633.528.1134
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Bowling Green
Kentucky0.583.4433.771.4854.000.000.120.000.007.490.000.004.910.000.000.3332.4045.4354.0028.290.8412.563.367.007.9035
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PeoriaEast PeoriaIllinois0.932.6547.250.000.000.004.190.000.0012.422.843.864.910.780.001.0730.7825.1841.5411.572.8722.0410.4713.867.3836
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Bloomington
NormalIllinois0.703.896.750.000.000.000.563.8625.9134.880.000.004.910.780.000.9130.7817.3532.9311.570.9634.632.7321.267.2837
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WichitaKansas3.044.9212.750.000.000.671.763.860.0015.292.843.8614.732.330.004.0314.5834.5241.8421.865.8022.882.450.607.2238
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SpringfieldMissouri2.455.499.000.000.000.000.363.860.0011.152.132.574.913.102.077.0815.1244.1248.6639.863.9113.332.044.217.1539
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Green BayWisconsin0.933.0420.250.000.000.000.430.000.0010.670.710.000.000.782.073.4652.3827.1939.4616.712.3730.261.225.967.1140
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State College
Pennsylvania
3.0419.5110.800.000.000.001.090.000.0037.124.962.204.911.558.280.0022.6827.731.7814.140.6925.622.0012.587.1141
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Quad Cities
Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, East Moline and Moline
Iowa1.052.8854.000.000.000.001.080.000.009.720.000.004.910.780.001.3233.4832.0142.430.003.0122.891.837.266.9642
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Youngstown
Austintown, Boardman, Warren
Ohio3.151.635.400.000.000.000.720.000.001.430.710.000.000.002.074.6130.2445.4349.853.8620.428.703.2015.496.8643
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Cedar Rapids
MarionIowa1.987.6316.200.000.000.002.710.000.0015.452.841.934.910.785.182.0633.4821.0042.430.001.8536.622.650.646.8044
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Eau ClaireWisconsin0.231.4513.550.000.000.000.400.000.009.240.000.000.001.550.001.6552.3835.6639.4616.710.7521.216.445.606.7245
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Sioux Falls
South Dakota
2.108.2810.611.4815.000.000.560.000.0019.272.841.939.820.780.002.880.0035.8035.0154.001.7842.312.040.006.7046
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Erie
Pennsylvania
0.702.6933.750.000.000.001.203.860.0011.152.1310.290.003.882.071.8122.6847.4831.7514.141.8512.571.7114.726.5847
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RochesterMinnesota2.6912.7815.430.000.000.007.380.000.0026.280.7123.149.821.552.071.4822.1411.6129.972.571.2927.100.202.136.5348
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Rockford
Loves Park, Belvidere
Illinois0.471.456.750.000.000.001.880.000.003.030.000.000.000.000.001.9830.7834.3544.2111.572.5416.5513.1927.486.0849
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SpringfieldIllinois0.824.125.060.000.000.000.360.000.0021.030.717.714.910.002.072.7230.7823.0540.0511.571.1620.102.369.516.0450
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DuluthSuperior, WIMinnesota1.405.2633.750.000.000.000.340.000.0010.190.000.009.820.000.002.3922.1426.5641.842.571.9218.660.000.395.9251
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FlintMichigan0.581.504.500.000.000.671.460.000.000.001.420.000.000.000.002.4722.6837.8539.1641.143.285.867.0817.235.6652
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TopekaKansas0.351.5813.500.000.000.000.090.000.0012.270.000.000.000.000.001.1514.5831.2343.9121.861.4316.912.242.964.7553
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Wheeling
West Virginia
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.320.000.000.000.780.000.083.2446.0753.1133.430.4428.453.2012.934.7054
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