Minnesota is known for its lakes and outdoor life, but now it's known as a top state for starting a business.

According to a new ranking from the website Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota has two small cities in the top 10 cities for starting a business.

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Rochester, with a metro population of 227,000, takes the number 5 spot. The website states that Rochester is known as a place with, "big city amenities and a small town feel." It helps that Rochester is the home of the world-famous Mayo Clinic which drives economic activity.


Coming in at number 8 is St. Cloud with a metro population of 200,000. The city is home to St. Cloud State University and has a strong healthcare sector. In 2019, St. Cloud was named one of the country's "most liveable cities."

Aerial View of Downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota during Summer
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Mankato barely missed the top 10, coming in at lucky number 13.

The complete top 10 looks like this:

1. Appleton, WI
2. Fargo, ND
3. Midland, TX
4. Bismarck, ND
5. Rochester, MN
6. Burlington, VT
7. Iowa City, IA
8. St. Cloud, MN
9. Charlottesville, VA
10. Bend-Redmond, OR

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Healthcare and financial services dominate the list, but big retail companies, education, and government are also represented.

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