The 100 U.S. Cities Where Businesses Received the Most VC Funding

In 2014, investment deals closed in a dozen cities that haven't seen VC money in at least five years.

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By Catherine Clifford

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For many brand-new entrepreneurs, launching a business can be a game of following the money. Silicon Valley certainly has the money. So does New York.

But companies in all corners of the country have been able to secure venture-capital funding. In 2014, businesses in 160 cities across the U.S. saw VC investment deals close, according to a recent report from the National Venture Capital Association, the industry's leading trade group. That's up from 148 cities last year, and represents the largest number of cities in five years. (The peak was back in 2000, at the height of dotcom mania, when businesses in 179 metro areas had VC dollars flowing through them.)

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There were a dozen small-ish cities on this year's list that hadn't had any action in five years. They were: Bryan-College Station, Texas; Bismarck, N.D.; Terre Haute, Ind.; South Bend, Ind.; Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.; Bellingham, Wash.; Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.; Lafayette, La.; Newburgh, N.Y.; Greenville, N.C.; Springfield, Mass.; Janesville-Beloit, Wis.

While the usual Silicon Valley strongholds came out on top, there were some notable shifts in second tier cities. For example, Washington, D.C., fell from fifth place to ninth, replaced by Los Angeles.

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Have a look at the top 100 metropolitan regions, as defined by federal census boundaries, ranked by the VC money invested in businesses in that region last year. (Note: The total VC invested is listed in millions of dollars.)

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The 100 U.S. Cities Where Businesses Received the Most VC Funding

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Catherine Clifford

Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC

Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

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