Boise tops the Forbes “Best Places for Business and Careers” list. Southern metros were particularly well represented, accounting for six of the top 10. As for the worst, LA had the highest business costs, Youngstown, OH had the worst job growth, and in a regional double-shot Modesto, CA had the highest unemployment rate and Stockton, of all places, had the highest crime rate.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.