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Top 50 small cities for new businesses include 3 from Minnesota

Maple Grove, St. Cloud and Eagan made the cut.

Three Minnesota cities have been named among the 50 best in the United States to start a small business.

That's according to a study carried out by Verizon, which has ranked the top 50 small cities in the country for how friendly they are to startups.

Among the 50 are the Minnesota Cities of Maple Grove, St. Cloud, and Eagan, which ranked 25th, 27th and 29th, respectively, in a list topped by Portland, Maine.

A "small city," according to Verizon, has a population between 50,000 and 75,000.

It found more than 300 cities that fit the bill, and then ranked the top ones based on several criteria.

This includes the proportion of the population with a college degree, the travel time it takes to get to work, income per capita, broadband access, loans per capita, and tax scores.

You can find the full list here. Cities from neighboring states that make the list include Rapid City, South Dakota (9th), Bismarck, ND (10th), Eau Claire, Wisconsin (18th), Appleton, Wisconsin (30th), and Waukesha, Wisconsin (41st).

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