US Business Formation Trends by State

We’ve compiled data on US business formation trends by state to help business owners make good decisions when starting and running a small business.

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Business Formation by State Over Time

This graph shows US business applications since 2004. Business applications measure the number of new businesses formed in that particular state. Use the dropdown arrow to see how the number of business applications changes each year.

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Trends in Business Formation by State (2005 Onwards)

This graph shows states ranked by the number of new businesses formed from 2005–2020.

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This chart shows new businesses formed in each state from 2005–2020. Toggle to see the states with the highest and lowest number of new businesses by year.

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TRUiC’s Most Popular Business Ideas | Top 5 States

Most businesses in the US are started in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Georgia. We've included our most popular business idea guides for each state.

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