Alabama’s best small city for small business

Which smaller cities in Alabama are open for business?

If you’re looking at starting a small business, you may think you need to head to a big city. But as a recent analysis by Wallethub found, there are plenty of smaller metros where  business thrives.

The Wallethub study looked at a range of 16 factors – including business environment, access to resources and costs – to determine the most business-friendly areas among 1,261 smaller-sized cities. You can read the complete methodology here.

Nationally, the top award went to Holland, Michigan. In Alabama, the best smaller-sized city for small business was Dothan (population 68,000), which came in at number 31 on the overall list. The south Alabama town scored highest – 45th best in the country – for costs associated with doing business.

Other Alabama cities on the list were:

76. Tuscaloosa

161. Bessemer

185. Phenix City

215. Auburn

258. Florence

262. Decatur

273. Hoover

299. Alabaster

329. Homewood

376. Opelika

488. Vestavia Hills

595. Prattville

1142. Enterprise

An interesting note about Enterprise. The city landed at number 1,256 – last place – for the lowest average growth in the number of small businesses.

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