If I ask you "Can you name some of the best cities in Silicon Valley to start and run a successful business?" you are likely to say Mountain View, Menlo Park, Cupertino ... and there is truth to it. These are the cities were Google, Facebook, Apple ... are headquartered in and the media talks about them all the time. The Secret though is that in a recent study South San Francisco and Burlingame ranked #2 and #4 best places to start and grow a successful business.
The economy of Northern California, home of Silicon Valley, is steeped in innovation and entrepreneurship. Technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, Apple and Intel had their humble beginnings in this region. The San Jose and San Francisco metropolitan areas ranked third and sixth, respectively, on the 2015 Kauffman index of startup activity, which measures the rate at which new entrepreneurs and new businesses are popping up.