How Entrepreneurial Is Your State?
September 3rd, 2014 by Rebecca Norman
The State Science and Technology Institute recently compared four major state indices related to entrepreneurship:
- Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity
- The University of Nebraska – Lincoln State Entrepreneurship Index
- Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s State New Economy Index and
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Enterprising States Index, innovation and entrepreneurship sub-category only. (The 2014 chamber report only included the top 25 states.)
According to SSTI, the measures have value as long as multiple indicators are used to define entrepreneurship and the indices’ formulas don’t change over time. However, the rankings still should be taken with a grain of salt, as a report in the Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development noted that “the connection between these indexes and actual economic growth and performance has been found to be ambiguous.”
Once the rankings were averaged, the most entrepreneurial states were determined to be Colorado, California, Utah, and Texas, respectively. Colorado was the only state appearing in the top 10 across all four rankings.
Arkansas’ highest ranking in any of the indices was 36 in the Kauffman Index.