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In the past decade, South Florida has emerged as a prime location for women who want to start and run their own businesses.
Among metropolitan areas, South Florida has the highest concentration of women-owned businesses on the East Coast, ranking below only Washington, D.C.
Nationally, the three counties that make up the region - Broward, Dade and Palm Beach - rank 14th, with 1,886 women-owned businesses per 100,000 residents, according to the most recent government statistics.
Separate the two metro areas, and the results are perhaps more surprising:
* The West Palm Beach metro area ranks sixth in the nation, with 2,129 women-owned businesses per 100,000 residents.
* Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranks 16th, with 1,821 women-owned businesses.
These findings are from an analysis of census data by South Florida Business …