“Are job worries tempting you to start your own company? We canvassed the country to find towns with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. Check out our 100 top picks and find the perfect place to build your dream.” – Fortune
#82. Fayetteville, Arkansas
Pros: A bustling commercial center, highly educated workforce
Con: Slightly higher housing costs compared to neighboring cities
Located in the Ozarks, Fayetteville boasts an educated workforce and a fairly diversified economy – major employers range from Pinnacle Foods, which makes frozen dinners, to Hanna’s, a manufacturer of potpourri and candles. But the biggest employer is the University of Arkansas, which also breeds opportunities for small companies.