The financial website WalletHub wanted to know what places offered the best environment for women entrepreneurs. So it looked at the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country. It compared them across 10 key metrics, indicating friendliness toward female entrepreneurs, and included measures such as average revenue growth of women-owned businesses, presence of women's business centers and industry variety for women-owned firms. It weighted three of these factors most heavily:
- Overall friendliness toward new business, including general business conditions, like the accessibility of financing, office space availability and labor costs.
- The prevalence of female entrepreneurship in the area and the revenue and growth of women-owned business over the past few years.
- Business climate for women and conditions for working mothers, such as the size of the gender wage gap and the availability of affordable child care.
Read on to see which cities made the top 10.