High Rankings

Atlanta:  #1 Entrepreneurial-Friendly City
Metro Atlanta is among the highest ranking in entrepreneurial activity in the 15 largest metropolitan areas in the country last year, and Georgia led all states, according to The Kauffman Index, a new study by Robert W. Fairlie, a professor of economics at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Last year, 590 of every 100,000 adults in Georgia created a business each month.  The national average was 320 of every 100,000 adults, up from 300 in 2007. Georgia also experienced the greatest increase in entrepreneurial activity over the last decade.
Metro Atlanta led the nation’s largest cities in startups with 740 adults per 100,000 creating a business each month last year.  [More]

Atlanta: #4 for Fortune 500 Headquarters
Atlanta now ranks fourth among cities with Fortune 500 headquarters, up from fifth place last year. Atlanta is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, and three of those -- The Home Depot, United Parcel Service, and Coca-Cola -- are in the Fortune 100.

NCR Corporation’s recent announcement that it will move its headquarters to metro Atlanta will make it the tenth Fortune 500 company to call Atlanta home. Southern Company, Georgia Power’s parent, ranked 149th among the 500, up from 166 in 2008. [More]

Georgia:  4th Fastest Growing State
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia added more than 162,000 new residents from July 2007 to July 2008, making the state fourth among the top 10 numeric gainers.[More]

Georgia:  2nd Fastest Growth in Technology Jobs
Of the 37 cyberstates, Georgia was the second fastest-growing state in growing technology jobs, adding 13,100 technology workers in 2007, according to TechAmerica’s 2009 Cyberstates report.

Thirty-nine cyberstates experienced net job growth in 2007. The largest gains occurred in Texas (+14,700), Georgia (+13,100), Washington (+11,300), North Carolina (+5,500), and Virginia (+5,300).

TechAmerica was formed by the merger of AeA and the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). [More]