11/08/2011 05:55 pm ET Updated Jan 08, 2012

What Are The Top Cities For Small Business? (PHOTOS)

According to recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, almost 98 percent of the nation's businesses are small businesses, defined as having fewer than 100 employees. But of the 938 metropolitan and micropolitan areas it surveyed in 2009 -- the most recent year for which statistics are available -- only 11 areas boast more than 100,000 small businesses.

The Business Journals recently compiled a database of these Census numbers of small businesses and microbusinesses (those with fewer than 10 employees) per city, and ranked the top U.S. metropolitan areas in order of number of small businesses, with additional data on the number of microbusinesses and percentages of each.

Here are the top 11 cities with more than 100,000 small businesses: