Owning your own business can be tough no matter where you live, but choosing an entrepreneur-friendly city can make a big difference in achieving success.
Every year, Thumbtack ranks the U.S. cities that are the friendliest for entrepreneurs. For the 2015 list, 95 U.S. cities were ranked on 11 metrics, including ease of starting a business, tax codes, and training and network programs. The survey used data from nearly 18,000 small business owners across the U.S.
Read on for the 10 U.S. cities that rank as the friendliest in which to own a small business and to see the unique strengths and weaknesses of the top small business locales across the country.
— By CNBC's Sarah Whitten
Updated 15 March 2016