Is Iowa a Good Place to Start a Business?

Date: August 01, 2018


Iowa received mixed results on a new national study of “Best States to Start a Business.”

The state ranks No. 39 overall. It  ranked No. 30 for “business costs.”

“Starting a business is never easy,” the study’s authors write. “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. But startups fail for different reasons, a ‘bad location’ among the most common.”

According to the study, WalletHub ranked 50 states “across 25 key indicators of startup success to determine the most fertile grounds in which to launch and grow an enterprise.”

More broadly, the study examined three dimensions: business environment, access to resources and business costs.

Notably, Iowa was tied for first with three other states in access to financing: North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.

The top five overall states: Texas, Utah, Georgia, Montana, and Oklahoma. The bottom five were Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Hawaii.

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