Small business counts in the United States grew by 2.1 percent between 2010 and 2014, but some markets proved far hotter than others. How about Denver?

Metro Denver added a net 4,232 small businesses over the five-year span, according to a new American City Business Journals analysis of U.S. Census data. That places Denver in the top 10 for most small businesses added.

In 2014, Denver boasted 76,277 small businesses.

The ACBJ analysis included small-business growth rates for all 106 metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 residents. The study defines a small business as any private enterprise with one to 99 paid employees.

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