Best Places to Live

Kansas City, MO

Population: 467,990
Courtesy of Visit Kansas City

Helping to grow the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is Kansas City Startup Village, whose success stories include the recent launch of such companies as Backstitch, CaddyX, Fox Web Creations and Idle Smart. Kansas City also has counseling for the creative through efforts such as KCSourceLink and The Kauffman Foundation.

Business Growth (2011-2015): 17%

Employment Growth (2011-2015): 12%