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updated 6/24/2013 4:19:46 PM ET 2013-06-24T20:19:46

Earning a place on Entrepreneur's annual Franchise 500® among the top franchises in the nation is quite an achievement. But some companies don't stop there--they rank at the top of their industry categories as well. That's why we call them the Best of the Best, and you'll find all 95 of them listed here.

Entrepreneur's franchise rankings are based on objective, quantifiable criteria, including system size, growth and financial strength and stability. But there's a lot more to consider when you're looking for the best franchise for you. This listing is not intended to recommend any particular franchise, but rather to offer a starting point for your own research, which should include reading the company's legal documents, consulting with an attorney and an accountant and talking to existing franchisees.

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