Charleston Ranks #5 in Yelp’s Inaugural Local Economic Outlook Survey of Cities Primed for Growth

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Yelp’s inaugural Local Economic Outlook is a new program to track which areas of America are ripe for economic opportunity: where small businesses in America have the best chance of success.

This program is an ongoing effort to surface insights from Yelp’s deep data stores to help businesses succeed and to arm policymakers with the information they need to make effective change that will boost local economies.

The Outlook centers around a list of 50 cities in the U.S. ranked by economic opportunity to show the current state of affairs in the local American economy. We define “economic opportunity” as the chance businesses have to stay open, and for new businesses to thrive.

In addition, we have produced a list of 50 neighborhoods and 10 business categories that have experienced the largest positive change in economic opportunity over the last year to provide a guide for where to look next.


Each business in the U.S. that has been reviewed on Yelp was analyzed using a random-
forest model to estimate its probability of remaining open for the next three months, for
each month over the last two years. The model takes into account the business’s location,
category, and other factors, mainly based on Yelp-related activity for that business: how
many reviews it received, how often people looked at its Yelp page, and so on.

Top 10 Cities

  1. Charlotte, North Carolina
  2. Jacksonville, Florida
  3. Omaha, Nebraska
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Charleston, South Carolina
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada
  7. Tampa, Florida
  8. Dallas, Texas
  9. Salt Lake City, Utah
  10. Houston, Texas

Full Report

Yelp Local Economic Outlook Report – October 2017