OK, that's it for New England bragging rights. Others on the list are New York (1), Chicago (2), Miami (4), Los Angeles (5), San Francisco (6), Seattle (7), Philadelphia (9), and Minneapolis (10).
Cities were ranked for shopping, food and drink, culture, popular entertainment, gambling, and the combination of high- and low-impact sports. Boston topped the sports categories.
"Finding the right city for a small- and mid-sized business is one of the most crucial factors in potential growth and ability to recruit top talent," said J. Jennings Moss, editor of Portfolio.com, the national business news site that provides services for small and mid-sized business executives.
Portland was the only metro in the top 10 with a population under 3 million. Cities scoring outside the top 10 included New Orleans (13), Las Vegas (26), Washington (27), and Orlando (42).