Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and San Antonio are some of the nation’s top spots for small businesses, according to a new online poll from which asked 6,000 small business owners “to rank the most and least friendly states and cities for small business in more than a dozen categories.” Texas’ major metropolitans ranked only slightly behind Oklahoma City which took the top spot because of its “low hiring costs, lighter licensing regulations and more robust networking programs.”

Among the state rankings, “Idaho, Texas and South Carolina ranked highest, in the eyes of the small business owners.”

In terms of the worst ranking places for small businesses, that mantle belonged to Sacramento, CA and Albuquerque, NM which were viewed as having an overly onerous regulatory environment.

More proof positive that the size and scope of government matter, particularly in the eyes of those who create a majority of the nation’s jobs, a.k.a. small businesses.