The best and worst small towns in New York to start a business

Starting your own business is quite a feat, and with the difficulties that COVID has brought to the economy over the past few years, that challenge is even greater.

But sometimes, starting a business in a small metropolitan area can offer that community something unique. WalletHub compared the markets of 1,300 small towns (cities with 25,000 to 100,000 inhabitants) across the country and came up with some interesting data. How difficult can it be to start your own business in some cities in the Hudson Valley and New York State?

The state’s economy, outside of New York, experienced its uncertainties even before COVID. Now the data has been analyzed and it brings some interesting numbers. The three main keys measured by this study were the business environment, access to resources and business costs. Poughkeepsie actually ranks first out of all the New York small towns that were surveyed, coming in at #322. Newburgh was #372. Not bad at all compared to other parts of the state.

Other Towns in the Hudson Valley and Their Rankings

  • 774. White Plains
  • 811. New Rochelle
  • 1026.Ossinage
  • 1028. Harrison
  • 1036. Mount Vernon
  • 1056. Middletown
  • 1066. Port Chester
  • 1078. Spring Valley
  • 1249. New Town

New York State Cities Outside of the Hudson Valley

  • 374.Albany
  • 494. Saratoga Springs
  • 505. Schenectady
  • 547. Troy
  • 606. Central islip
  • 613. Union
  • 618. Ferdequoit
  • 681. North Tonawanda

Does New York State Smell?

Ugh, what’s that smell? First impressions are huge and for those visiting a state for the first time, you don’t want to have to cover your nose. Yet another group has launched another survey of the most disgusting states in the country, and while the Empire State isn’t the worst, we can still do better. Everything from population density and landfill counts to air quality and even dental health were taken into account. But with a state as big as New York, we can’t all be that bad, can we? There must be a place to escape, right?

How bad are we?

According to Zippia’s latest findings, New York could use an air freshener. The survey indicates that we ranked 8th in the world for “smell”. And while Zippia says our air quality is average compared to other states, our high population density and number of landfills have pushed us up (or down) the list. We ranked just behind our neighbors New Jersey, which was in 7th place, and ahead of Pennsylvania in 9th place. The number of industries and refineries we have in the region might not help in some towns either.

Is this a fair assessment?

But does the whole state really smell that bad outside of major population areas? Having the largest metropolitan area in the country doesn’t help our overall score, so the farther you travel from New York and parts of Long Island, the better. A number of densely populated Northeastern states seemed to rank high compared to other parts of the country. New York State has long been known for its diversity of natural beauty.

The nation’s worst (and best)?

Overall, Maryland, California and Florida were the three smelliest states, according to these numbers. Coolest states? North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. This is not a surprise, considering the low population density of these states.

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