30 Cities to Restart Your Career

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1, Houston, TX

Small business growth rate: 0.8
Number of small businesses: 93,383
Personal income per capita: $43,568
Percent unemployed: 8.7
Cost of living index score: 91.9
Charity-conscious rank: 2
Best cities for college rank: n/a

2, Omaha, NE

Small business growth rate: -3.6
Number of small businesses: 17,312
Personal income per capita: $42,412
Percent unemployed: 4.9
Cost of living index score: 88.2
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

3, Dallas, TX

Small business growth rate: -0.3
Number of small businesses: 105,319
Personal income per capita: $39,514
Percent unemployed: 8.4
Cost of living index score: 91.9
Charity-conscious rank: 3
Best cities for college rank: n/a

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4, Midland, TX

Small business growth rate: -4.1
Number of small businesses: 3,567
Personal income per capita: $49,441
Percent unemployed: 5.6
Cost of living index score: 93.8
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

5, Washington, DC

Small business growth rate: -0.8
Number of small businesses: 111,930
Personal income per capita: $56,442
Percent unemployed: 6.2
Cost of living index score: 139.7
Charity-conscious rank: 10
Best cities for college rank: 3

6, Seattle, WA

Small business growth rate: 1.2
Number of small businesses: 81,757
Personal income per capita: $48,976
Percent unemployed: 8.5
Cost of living index score: 120.2
Charity-conscious rank: 15
Best cities for college rank: 5

7, Nashville, TN

Small business growth rate: -1.1
Number of small businesses: 29,066
Personal income per capita: $38,266
Percent unemployed: 8.8
Cost of living index score: 88.9
Charity-conscious rank: 26
Best cities for college rank: 10

8, Pittsburgh, PA

Small business growth rate: -5.5
Number of small businesses: 46,604
Personal income per capita: $42,216
Percent unemployed: 8.2
Cost of living index score: 91.8
Charity-conscious rank: 1
Best cities for college rank: 6

9, Denver, CO

Small business growth rate: -2.1
Number of small businesses: 60,503
Personal income per capita: $45,982
Percent unemployed: 8.1
Cost of living index score: 103.4
Charity-conscious rank: 11
Best cities for college rank: 12

10, Tulsa, OK

Small business growth rate: -4.2
Number of small businesses: 19,559
Personal income per capita: $39,442
Percent unemployed: 7.6
Cost of living index score: 88.0
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

11, New York, NY

Small business growth rate: -1.0
Number of small businesses: 471,661
Personal income per capita: $52,375
Percent unemployed: 8.8
Cost of living index score: 168.3
Charity-conscious rank: 9.0
Best cities for college rank: 2

12, Des Moines, IA

Small business growth rate: -5.2
Number of small businesses: 11,409
Personal income per capita: $41,790
Percent unemployed: 6.5
Cost of living index score: 91.2
Charity-conscious rank: 31
Best cities for college rank: n/a

13, Boston, MA

Small business growth rate: -2.9
Number of small businesses: 101,633
Personal income per capita: $53,713
Percent unemployed: 7.6
Cost of living index score: 131.1
Charity-conscious rank: 12
Best cities for college rank: 4

14, Minneapolis, MN

Small business growth rate: -3.3
Number of small businesses: 74,513
Personal income per capita: $45,750
Percent unemployed: 7
Cost of living index score: 110.3
Charity-conscious rank: 8
Best cities for college rank: 9

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15, San Francisco, CA

Small business growth rate: -1.3
Number of small businesses: 99,599
Personal income per capita: $59,696
Percent unemployed: 10.6
Cost of living index score: 162.5
Charity-conscious rank: 4
Best cities for college rank: 1

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16, Fargo, ND

Small business growth rate: -4.0
Number of small businesses: 4,927
Personal income per capita: $39,159
Percent unemployed: 3.7
Cost of living index score: 93.3
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: 20

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17, Little Rock, AR

Small business growth rate: -4.5
Number of small businesses: 14,033
Personal income per capita: $38,750
Percent unemployed: 7.1
Cost of living index score: 87.7
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

18, St. Louis, MO

Small business growth rate: -4.6
Number of small businesses: 55,769
Personal income per capita: $40,342
Percent unemployed: 9.9
Cost of living index score: 90.0
Charity-conscious rank: 20
Best cities for college rank: n/a

19, Colorado Springs, CO

Small business growth rate: -2.6
Number of small businesses: 13,722
Personal income per capita: $38,448
Percent unemployed: 8.7
Cost of living index score: 91.8
Charity-conscious rank: 18
Best cities for college rank: n/a

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20, Lafayette, LA

Small business growth rate: -0.5
Number of small businesses: 7,074
Personal income per capita: $38,944
Percent unemployed: 6.6
Cost of living index score: 96.8
Charity-conscious rank: 31
Best cities for college rank: n/a

21, Fort Hood, TX

Small business growth rate: -4.6
Number of small businesses: 4,443
Personal income per capita: $38,757
Percent unemployed: 7.9
Cost of living index score: 86.9
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

22, Bismarck, ND

Small business growth rate: -3.3
Number of small businesses: 2,815
Personal income per capita: $38,311
Percent unemployed: 3.1
Cost of living index score: 93.3
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

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23, Manhattan, KS

Small business growth rate: -4.8
Number of small businesses: 2,249
Personal income per capita: $40,345
Percent unemployed: 5.3
Cost of living index score: 94.6
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

24, Chapel Hill, NC

Small business growth rate: -3.6
Number of small businesses: 9,191
Personal income per capita: $40,116
Percent unemployed: 7.3
Cost of living index score: 96.3
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: 7

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25, Jacksonville, FL

Small business growth rate: 0.2
Number of small businesses: 27,996
Personal income per capita: $38,801
Percent unemployed: 11.9
Cost of living index score: 92.1
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: n/a

26, Oklahoma City, OK

Small business growth rate: -2.2
Number of small businesses: 26,197
Personal income per capita: $37,909
Percent unemployed: 6.3
Cost of living index score: 92.6
Charity-conscious rank: n/a
Best cities for college rank: 20

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27, Baltimore, MD

Small business growth rate: -2.3
Number of small businesses: 54,793
Personal income per capita: $47,962
Percent unemployed: 8.2
Cost of living index score: 119.3
Charity-conscious rank: 30
Best cities for college rank: 6

28, San Diego, CA

Small business growth rate: -0.3
Number of small businesses: 64,488
Personal income per capita: $45,630
Percent unemployed: 10.6
Cost of living index score: 131.6
Charity-conscious rank: 13
Best cities for college rank: 8

29, Birmingham, AL

Small business growth rate: -3.9
Number of small businesses: 20,773
Personal income per capita: $38,468
Percent unemployed: 8.9
Cost of living index score: 90.5
Charity-conscious rank: 31
Best cities for college rank: n/a

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30, Huntsville, AL

Small business growth rate: -3.5
Number of small businesses: 7,331
Personal income per capita: $38,090
Percent unemployed: 7.2
Cost of living index score: 91.7
Charity-conscious rank: 31
Best cities for college rank : n/a