Businesses By State

There are about 6 million small businesses (those with 500 employees or fewer), accounting for about $2 trillion in payroll, according data from the U.S. Census.

SMALL BUSINESSES BY STATE, 2012 (1)

State Number of establishments Employment Annual payroll ($000)
Alabama 78,440 764,207 $26,700,121
Alaska 17,610 138,378 6,638,419
Arizona 105,811 955,194 35,353,143
Arkansas 53,531 477,046 14,799,466
California 745,073 6,471,608 296,672,594
Colorado 130,485 991,542 40,928,738
Connecticut 74,259 720,404 35,091,274
Delaware 18,943 168,335 7,090,386
D.C. 16,660 229,425 14,437,385
Florida 425,457 3,000,167 111,707,887
Georgia 175,524 1,500,510 56,596,702
Hawaii 26,567 258,345 9,243,889
Idaho 37,576 278,100 8,639,009
Illinois 266,169 2,417,374 106,324,847
Indiana 116,622 1,173,626 40,758,031
Iowa 68,556 637,837 21,944,469
Kansas 61,904 595,048 21,124,059
Kentucky 71,910 686,517 22,734,960
Louisiana 85,962 892,125 33,343,094
Maine 35,105 278,957 9,565,095
Maryland 111,678 1,091,456 48,751,819
Massachusetts 144,936 1,404,234 69,431,180
Michigan 183,771 1,755,901 68,293,198
Minnesota 124,675 1,186,909 46,164,989
Mississippi 47,312 430,316 13,386,400
Missouri 121,197 1,109,463 39,051,034
Montana 32,650 232,383 7,292,701
Nebraska 44,698 391,150 13,292,151
Nevada 48,256 414,445 15,907,766
New Hampshire 31,286 284,035 11,796,093
New Jersey 197,500 1,735,727 79,669,839
New Mexico 36,337 328,862 11,215,963
New York 466,927 3,858,732 188,267,275
North Carolina 177,456 1,555,997 53,930,918
North Dakota 20,643 194,249 7,535,199
Ohio 201,601 2,123,945 77,254,550
Oklahoma 76,328 693,732 24,975,185
Oregon 93,320 757,132 27,194,420
Pennsylvania 244,463 2,445,023 94,202,105
Rhode Island 24,297 221,636 8,681,404
South Carolina 81,609 728,770 23,535,683
South Dakota 22,908 199,232 6,351,129
Tennessee 102,591 1,023,528 38,228,247
Texas 432,862 4,275,868 176,711,080
Utah 60,171 504,279 18,683,625
Vermont 18,992 156,287 5,635,178
Virginia 155,861 1,453,384 63,185,737
Washington 150,643 1,230,227 51,380,410
West Virginia 30,354 297,588 9,317,849
Wisconsin 116,743 1,210,146 43,458,413
Wyoming 18,205 133,512 5,060,773
United States 6,232,434 56,062,893 $2,267,535,881

(1) Number of establishments with less than 500 employees.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau; County Business.

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