A new report from GoodCall.com reveals which U.S. metro areas provide the best opportunity for success for African American-owned businesses, based on the firm’s analysis of official government data. A total of 378 metro areas were assessed based on economic health, educational attainment, networking opportunity and unemployment rates.
“African Americans make up 13% of the U.S. population yet only own 7% of the country’s businesses,” says Paul Southerland, Lead Analyst for GoodCall.com. “In addition, African American-owned businesses employ less than 1% of all total employment in the country and drive less than .5% of total revenue. We at GoodCall.com feel it is important to identify the regions that stand out against these statistics- those that are affording black entrepreneurs the best chance possible to succeed.”

Metro areas ranking highest in the report include:

1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD
2. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

3. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

4. Baton Rouge, LA

5. Hood River, OR

6. Austin-Round Rock, TX

7. Manhattan, KS

8. Oklahoma City, OK

9. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

10. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

Read the full report/methodology at

2015 Best Cities for Black Entrepreneurs