Tops in the Tri Cities
Bristol and Kingsport ranked 39th and 40th, with scores of 40.2 and 40, respectively.
Nine Middle Tennessee cities ranked in the top 10, with one East Tennessee city, Farragut, finishing at second place. The Nashville suburb of Mt. Juliet took the title of Tennessee’s Most Business-Friendly City in 2010.
“For this year’s most business-friendly cities, these rankings signify responsible, limited governance, reasonable tax rates, quality school systems, low crime, and a thriving economy despite significant economic hurdles,” the report said.
Memphis received the lowest possible ranking, TCPR said, due to a “staggeringly high property tax, a high crime rate, and low education marks.”