With National Small Business Week approaching and COVID-19 having caused around 100,000 permanent business closures in 2020, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2021’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business, as well as accompanying videos, along with its 2021 Small Business Owner Survey.
To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 1,300 cities with fewer than 100,000 residents across 20 key metrics. The data set ranges from small-business growth rates and accessibility of financing to investor access and labor costs.
|Top 20 Small Cities to Start a Business|
|1. St. George, UT||11. South Bradenton, FL|
|2. Cedar City, UT||12. Redmond, OR|
|3. Williston, ND||13. Bend, OR|
|4. Washington, UT||14. Missoula, MT|
|5. Logan, UT||15. Pleasant Grove, UT|
|6. Aberdeen, SD||16. East Lake-Orient Park, FL|
|7. Midvale, UT||17. Carrollton, GA|
|8. Fort Myers, FL||18. Lehi, UT|
|9. Clearfield, UT||19. Orem, UT|
|10. Bozeman, MT||20. Cheyenne, WY|
Key Stats — Small-Business Owner Survey
- Recovery will be a long process: 50 million small business owners say it will take more than a year for their business to return to pre-COVID levels.
- Business owners prioritize public health: 56 percent of small-business owners think that minimizing COVID-19 deaths is more important than re-opening the economy, a 29 percent decrease from last year.
- 2020 was the hardest year ever: Two-thirds of small business owners say that 2020 was their most difficult year in business.
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