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Raleigh ranked second best city to start a business

Its wealth of highly educated people, low cost of living and large research industry make Raleigh the No. 2 city in the country to start a small business, according to a recent study. The City of Oaks also earned an "A" as its small business grade.

In calculating the top cities, NerdWallet, a consumer finance resource company, used five criteria, including how easy it is to obtain funding, business-friendliness, how the local economy is faring, the affordability of the city and ease in getting hired.

Here are the top ten cities on the list:
1. Atlanta
2. Raleigh
3. Austin, Tex.
4. Tulsa, Okla.
5. Oklahoma City, Okla.
6. Tampa
7. Seattle
8. Minneapolis
9. Houston
10. Omaha, Neb.

For the complete report, go here.

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