Owning your own business can be tough no matter where you live, but choosing an entrepreneur-friendly city can make a big difference.
However, big cities might not always be the best option for entrepreneurs, according to WalletHub.
"Of course, every small city offers unique advantages and disadvantages to prospective ventures," the company said in study it released on Monday. "Lower overhead costs, stronger relationships with customers and the potential to become a big fish in a little pond are among the benefits."
The company compared more than 1,200 small cities with a population size between 25,000 and 100,000 and ranked them based on 15 metrics, including business costs, access to resources and the length of the average work week.
Read on for the 5 best and worst U.S. cities in which to start a small business.
— By CNBC's Sarah Whitten
First published 19 April 2016