As the old year draws to a close, how about one more "best of" list? This one is probably best left behind in 2009.
MarketWatch's third annual ranking of the best cities for business puts Raleigh at No. 15, tied with Nashville, Tenn. That's a lowly showing for a region that routinely ranks near the top on such lists, which economic boosters tout to attract new businesses.
Charlotte came in at No. 18 and Greensboro was No. 80.
The list ranks the nation's biggest 101 metropolitan areas by 10 factors, including the concentration of companies, unemployment rate, economic stability and population growth.
Topping the list: Des Moines, left, followed by Washington, D.C., Omaha, Neb., and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The rankers cited Des Moines' "slow and steady" growth and low unemployment rate -- 6 percent in September, well below the national average of 9.8 percent for that month.
Read the full list here.