The 10 Worst U.S. Cities to Start a Business

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Living ain't always easy in Silicon Valley -- especially for entrepreneurs, surprisingly enough. In fact, California may be among the least favorable places to undertake your next entrepreneurial endeavor.

The Golden State is home to some of the worst cities to start a business in the United States, according to a study from WalletHub, a provider of tools and information to help consumers and small business owners make better financial decisions and save money.

Researchers used 13 key metrics to analyze the relative startup opportunities that exist in the 150 most populated cities in the United States. Criteria include the number of small businesses per capita, access to finance, employee availability, office space costs and workforce education level.

The coasts are home to the most challenging cities to start a business. Newark, N.J., ranks as the worst business environment, and Scottsdale, Ariz., falls last in access to resources.

Office space is most costly in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., Jersey City, N.J., and Glendale, Calif. Financing is especially challenging in Arizona -- specifically, Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and Glendale -- as well as in Mobile, Ala.

If you're looking for a place to start your next business venture, these are 10 U.S. cities you may want to avoid, counting down to the worst. And if you need to find a good place to start a business, check out this list.

10. Anaheim, Calif.

Anaheim may provide a great home for Mickey, Minnie and all of their friends at Disneyland, but it may not be where you want to build a start-up. WalletHub ranks the city 131 in access to resources and 118 in business environment.

With a population of about 345,000 people and a 6.6% unemployment rate, Anaheim's median household income is $59,165 -- slightly below the state average of $61,094. Less than a quarter of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher, though three quarters of Anaheim residents have graduated from high school.

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