Verizon analyzed data on over 300 small cities in the U.S., and Alpharetta came in at 15, the only city in Georgia to make the list. Measures included income per capita, percentage of college-educated population over age 25, average total time driving to work, broadband access of at least 10 Mbps download time and 1 Mbps upload time, loans per capita, and tax scores. All these factors help set the stage to build a startup and draw in customers and partners.