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2021's Best & Worst States to Start a Business

March 20, 2021
MCS Faculty Member Russ McBride Answers Expert Panel Questions

Starting a business is never easy. MCS faculty member, Russ McBride, discusses startup incentives. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, about a fifth of all startups typically don’t survive past year one of operation, and nearly half never make it to their fifth anniversary. That’s without considering the economic damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in 200,000 more permanent business closures than usual within a year of the pandemic’s start.

Outside of the pandemic, there are plenty of other reasons that startups fail, with a “bad location” among the most common. Choosing the right state for a business is therefore crucial to its success. A state that provides the ideal conditions for business creation — access to cash, skilled workers and affordable office space, for instance — can help new ventures not only take off but also thrive.

In this study, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 28 key indicators of startup success to determine the most fertile grounds in which to launch and grow an enterprise.