MarketWatch just released a list of America's Most Business-Friendly Cities that shows 8 of the 10 most business-friendly metropolitan areas were in Western states.
The top three spots were held by Dallas, Texas; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington. Other Western cities in the top 10 included San Jose, California; Houston, Texas; Provo, Utah; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Denver, Colorado.
To create this list, MarketWatch looked at the 100 most populous urban centers in the U.S. and ranked them against each other based on business climate, company performance and economic outcome.
See the full rankings here.
States across the West are making economic progress on a variety of fronts. Here are some highlights:
- Zanjeros that will focus on economic development and promoting Arizona. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey founded a business leadership group called the
- California and Texas are home to the most women-owned businesses in the country.
- Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah and South Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates in the nation in the latest monthly rankings.
- North Dakota, New Mexico and Texas showed the highest percentage increases in total tax revenues from fiscal year 2013-14, while California showed the highest dollar amount increase.
- Oregon's tourism industry broke two all-time records with visitor spending at $10.3 billion and more than 101,000 tourism sector jobs.
- Texas led the nation in Chief Executive’s 2015 Best States to Do Business survey of top CEOs.
- Utah's energy sector represents $21 billion in economic activity, approximately 15% of the state's total economy.