The U.S. continues its slow slog out of the Great Recession of the late 2000s. There are pockets of the U.S. thriving thanks to attractive workforces and reasonable business costs.
Forbes crunched the numbers on the 401 metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. to gauge the best and worst business climates. The result is our 17th annual list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.
For this ranking we looked at the 200 largest metro areas by population in the U.S. We rated them on a dozen factors related to employment, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and the education of the labor force. Forbes used data from Moody’s Analytics.
Charlotte is a major city in North Carolina. Its city center is referred to as Uptown and is home to Museums, restaurants, night life, shopping and theater. Uptown is also known for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. While Charlotte is a great place to work, it is also a great city in which to live and play.