Where to start a new business? The 10 best and worst states for entrepreneurs

  • Best: Oregon (5)

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    Oregon scored well for small business lending due to its high ratio of 80.2 loans per 1,000 small business employees. This ratio indicates that entrepreneurs can gain easier access to funding in Oregon than they would in most states. Oregon small businesses also benefit from low business taxes, and a higher-than-average GDP per capita indicates a strong local economy with high productivity. These factors put Oregon at No. 5 among the best states for entrepreneurs.

    Oregon fell behind in a couple of categories, including a higher cost of living that can drive up costs for businesses. The state also had a lower-than-average rate of new startups.