US States Ranked by Potential to Quit Your Day Job

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It is the goal of many small business entrepreneurs to quit their day jobs. LaunchScore has compiled a list US states ranked by potential entrepreneur success, or how likely it is that you can quit your day job in the near future. The results may surprise you.

LaunchScore.com estimates the potential yearly earnings (PYE) of nearly 1 million small business opportunities across the United States (click here to search our database). To rank the states by potential entrepreneur success, we calculated the mean PYE for each state, and then subtracted that from the current median income in each state. The amounts were rounded to the nearest thousand for ease of viewing.

The difference indicates how much more or less than the median income a new small business can potentially make. This difference is a reasonable indicator whether you can then quit working and enjoy the fruits of your success or focus completely on your business. Note: we use the average median income of the cities we cover (i.e., those with more than 50,000 residents).

We do realize there are other factors at play that determine potential entrepreneur success, such as individual differences. However, we believe this ranking illustrates places where there is a lot of small business potential, and a closer look at the business opportunities in the cities in these states should be considered.

Where Does Your State Rank?

To see where your state ranks, take a look at the map included in this blog post. A description of each color ranking is outlined below.

To see the full list of US states ranked by potential entrepreneur success, check the table at the end of this article. Note that the states of Alaska and Vermont are not included, because our current data does not include cities in these US states. However, we did include Washington, DC in the ranked results.

If you interested in what are the top small business opportunities in your city, you can perform a search of your own on LaunchScore.com.

Green States Are Where It’s At

These states have the strongest potential for entrepreneur success. Small businesses in states such as Connecticut, Michigan, and Maryland are estimated to potentially earn substantially more (from $25,000 to $48,000) than the current median income in these .

Blue States Are Not Sad

These states have an above average potential for success. If you were to open a small business in Massachusetts, Georgia, or Texas, it could potentially pay more than the median income of most jobs, but not by that large a margin. Around $16,000 to $25,000 more per year.

Yellow States Are Not Shining Bright

In states such as Nebraska, Indiana, and Nevada, there is a lower than average level of potential success. Most jobs in these states generally pay just a bit less than an entrepreneurship. An entrepreneurship could potentially make $10,000 to $16,000 more than the median income in these states.

Red States (No, I Don’t Mean Republican)

These states currently have the weakest potential for entrepreneur success. For instance, in Ohio and Delaware, small businesses are expected on average to make less than the median income of residents. Thus, for most people, having a job is currently more attractive than starting a business.

Rank  State Color Mean PYE Median Income Difference
1 Maryland Green $86,000 $38,000 $48,000
2 Michigan Green $62,000 $25,000 $37,000
3 Utah Green $76,000 $41,000 $34,000
4 Idaho Green $71,000 $41,000 $30,000
5 California Green $75,000 $46,000 $29,000
6 Iowa Green $70,000 $41,000 $28,000
7 Connecticut Green $63,000 $35,000 $28,000
8 Florida Green $55,000 $28,000 $27,000
9 Maine Green $72,000 $45,000 $27,000
10 Minnesota Green $73,000 $46,000 $26,000
11 Montana Blue $68,000 $43,000 $24,000
12 Illinois Blue $68,000 $43,000 $24,000
13 Tennessee Blue $59,000 $34,000 $24,000
14 Arkansas Blue $65,000 $40,000 $24,000
15 Colorado Blue $71,000 $47,000 $24,000
16 District of Columbia Blue $87,000 $63,000 $23,000
17 New Jersey Blue $55,000 $31,000 $23,000
18 South Carolina Blue $61,000 $39,000 $22,000
19 Kansas Blue $66,000 $44,000 $22,000
20 Wyoming Blue $76,000 $54,000 $21,000
21 Texas Blue $64,000 $42,000 $21,000
22 Wisconsin Blue $54,000 $33,000 $21,000
23 Arizona Blue $65,000 $43,000 $21,000
24 Rhode Island Blue $57,000 $37,000 $19,000
25 Georgia Blue $63,000 $43,000 $19,000
26 Louisiana Blue $54,000 $35,000 $19,000
27 Mississippi Blue $50,000 $31,000 $18,000
28 New Mexico Blue $61,000 $43,000 $17,000
29 Massachusetts Blue $66,000 $49,000 $17,000
30 North Dakota Blue $60,000 $44,000 $16,000
31 Nevada Yellow $62,000 $46,000 $15,000
32 Indiana Yellow $54,000 $39,000 $15,000
33 Nebraska Yellow $60,000 $45,000 $14,000
34 South Dakota Yellow $65,000 $50,000 $14,000
35 Kentucky Yellow $47,000 $33,000 $14,000
36 Missouri Yellow $57,000 $43,000 $13,000
37 Alabama Yellow $56,000 $43,000 $13,000
38 New Hampshire Yellow $64,000 $51,000 $13,000
39 West Virginia Yellow $62,000 $48,000 $13,000
40 Oklahoma Yellow $56,000 $42,000 $13,000
41 Hawaii Yellow $69,000 $57,000 $12,000
42 Oregon Yellow $59,000 $47,000 $11,000
43 Washington Yellow $72,000 $61,000 $11,000
44 North Carolina Red $57,000 $50,000 $7,000
45 Pennsylvania Red $41,000 $34,000 $7,000
46 New York Red $54,000 $49,000 $4,000
47 Virginia Red $68,000 $64,000 $3,000
48 Ohio Red $39,000 $40,000 -$1,000
49 Delaware Red $34,000 $38,000 -$4,000