Cities With Most Female Business Owners

Small businesses are a major engine of growth in the U.S. economy, and women are playing an increasingly large role in the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, women-owned firms now represent more than one in five businesses with employees in the U.S., a figure that has trended upward in recent years. These enterprises  report over $1.8 trillion in annual revenue and employ nearly 11 million workers.

While women-owned businesses are becoming a more significant part of the economy, the Census Bureau’s data also shows that women’s experiences of entrepreneurship frequently look different than men’s. Notably, the industries that women tend to start businesses in are different from the most common industries for men. In particular, fields like health care and social assistance or accommodation and food service tend to have higher proportions of women-owned businesses. And in part due to these differences in industry, women-owned firms tend to pay less per employee (-30.1%) than the national average.

However, these differences also extend to women’s reasons for getting into business in the first place. Women are more likely than men to report that flexible hours or balancing work and family obligations were very important when deciding to start a business. Meanwhile, men are more likely to say that the possibility of earning greater income or wanting to be their own boss motivated their decision to start a business.


It is most common for both female and male business owners to still be with their first business, but more female business owners (55%) are involved with their first business than their male counterparts (47.5%). In contrast, men are more likely to have moved on from a previous business in some form. Men more frequently respond that they still operate a previous business, that their business was sold to another company or individual, or that a previous business is no longer in operation.

Women-owned businesses are also distributed unevenly across the U.S. Hawaii stands out as having the highest share of women-owned businesses at 24.5%, with Virginia (23.9%) and Colorado (23.8%) not far behind. At the other end of the spectrum, many of the states with the lowest share of female-owned businesses are found in the central U.S., including South Dakota (13.6%), North Dakota (14.2%), and Iowa (15.9%). At the metro level, many of the top states are well-represented, with locations like Honolulu, Denver, and the Washington, D.C. metro having especially high concentrations of female enterprises.

The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Business Survey. To determine the locations with most female business owners, researchers at BackgroundChecks.org calculated the percentage of businesses that are women-owned. In the event of a tie, the location with a greater total businesses that are women-owned was ranked higher. Only the 100 largest metropolitan areas for which complete data was available were considered in this analysis. All data shown represents employer firms only; firms without employees are not included.

Here are the U.S. metros with the most female business owners.

Major U.S. Metros With Most Female Business Owners

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15. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 22.3%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 11,456
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 110,780
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

Photo Credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

14. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 22.4%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 8,375
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 70,423
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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13. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 22.5%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 23,777
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 177,572
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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12. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 22.7%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 25,167
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 238,105
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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11. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 22.8%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 25,815
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 196,911
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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10. Richmond, VA

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 23.0%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 5,898
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 46,459
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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9. Jacksonville, FL

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 23.0%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 6,805
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 50,424
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

Photo Credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

8. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 23.0%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 39,597
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 213,294
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

Photo Credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

7. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 23.4%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 2,458
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 14,403
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $1 billion to less than $5 billion

Photo Credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

6. New Orleans-Metairie, LA

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 23.7%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 5,808
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 72,267
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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5. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 23.7%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 6,336
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 47,970
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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4. Albuquerque, NM

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 23.8%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 3,583
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 29,324
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $1 billion to less than $5 billion

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3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 24.0%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 26,857
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 255,460
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

Photo Credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

2. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 24.4%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 17,045
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 131,685
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

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1. Urban Honolulu, HI

  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned: 26.1%
  • Total businesses that are women-owned: 4,304
  • Total employment at women-owned businesses: 44,130
  • Total revenue at women-owned businesses: $5 billion or more

Detailed Findings & Methodology

The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Business Survey. To determine the locations with most female business owners, researchers calculated the percentage of businesses that are women-owned. In the event of a tie, the location with a greater total businesses that are women-owned was ranked higher. Only the 100 largest metropolitan areas for which complete data was available were considered in this analysis. All data shown represents employer firms only; firms without employees are not included.

This article was first published on LatticePublishing.com.

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