Las Vegas tops in business growth

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Omaha, Neb.—Las Vegas tops the list with the highest rate of business growth of the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas. The number of Vegas businesses grew 29.9% over the last five years to 79,663 businesses in 2004. Fort Myers, Fla.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Melbourne, Fla.; and Miami all experienced double-digit growth in the number of businesses as well. Cities with the highest rate of business decline were Monmouth, N.J.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Newark, N.J.; Salt Lake City and Albany, N.Y.

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