Texas ranks among best states to start a business
We're no. 3
For years, Texas has been lauded for its business climate being welcoming for new businesses and startups. This year's study shows that the Lone Star State has yet again made the list.
Texas ranked as the third best state to start a business in personal finance website WalletHub's recent list, 2023's Best & Worst States to Start a Business, with a score of 56.85 points. Texas ranked behind Utah, No. 1, and Florida, No. 2, and just ahead of Colorado. Idaho, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, and California make up the rest of the top 10, respectively.
The study looked at 27 key indicators of startup success across all 50 states. Texas was recognized for these factors in particular:
- No. 10 – average growth in number of small businesses
- No. 30 – labor costs
- No. 10 – availability of human capital
- No. 4 – average length of work week (in hours)
- No. 14 – cost of living
- No. 13 – industry variety
- No. 31 – percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Richard Ryffel, professor of finance practice at Washington University in St. Louis, noted the importance of policy in making a state a good place to start a business..
"Established businesses looking to expand might expand or relocate entirely based on the relative favorability of the local business climate," Ryffel says. "Recently, Texas, for example, has been the beneficiary of some significant business relocations based on its business-friendly policies."
The methodology of the study focused on three key dimensions — business environment, access to resources, and business costs — and 27 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, and then each state’s average across all metrics was used to calculate its overall score.
In 2021, Texas ranked in the top position of WalletHub's study. Last year, the personal finance website looked at which cities were ideal spots for business launching. The report found that Georgetown as the best small city in Texas for starting a business.
Houston suburbs didn't manage to crack the top 200, but four were recognized amongst the rest of the best small business towns, according to the study:
- Texas City , No. 202
- Baytown, No. 267
- Deer Park, No. 362
- Conroe, No. 369