Women-Owned Businesses

There were 130,772 women-owned firms in Missouri in 2007, up from 120,457 in 2002, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Survey of Business Owners. This was a 8.6 percent increase in the number of women-owned firms in the state. These firms accounted for more than $20.2 billion in sales and receipts in 2007.

In the U.S., there were 7.8 million women-owned firms in 2007, up 19.9 percent from 2002. Sales and receipts from women-owned firms totaled $1.2 trillion in 2007. Women-owned firms made up 28.8 percent of all firms and 3.9 percent of all sales and receipts in the U.S.

States with the largest number of women-owned businesses were California (1,039,208), Texas (609,947), New York (594,517), Florida (581,096) and Illinois (343,073). In addition, California also had the largest gross sales from women-owned firms. Missouri ranked 20th among the states in the total number of women-owned firms.

States with the Largest Number of Women-Owned Firms
Rank Area Women-Owned Firms TotalĀ Firms Percent of US Total Firms Receipts ($1,000)
**** United States 7,792,115 27,092,908 28.8% $1,196,608,004
1 California 1,039,208 3,425,510 3.8% $182,981,823
2 Texas 609,947 2,164,852 2.3% $96,803,111
3 New York 594,517 1,956,733 2.2% $83,851,312
4 Florida 581,096 2,009,589 2.1% $76,502,545
5 Illinois 343,073 1,123,817 1.3% $53,411,130
6 Georgia 278,290 901,105 1.0% $40,707,463
7 Pennsylvania 265,038 981,501 1.0% $46,348,768
8 Ohio 249,180 897,939 0.9% $40,803,123
9 Michigan 248,381 816,972 0.9% $30,904,400
10 North Carolina 225,500 798,791 0.8% $31,925,319
20 Missouri 130,772 501,064 0.5% $20,234,979

 

Twenty-five states, including Missouri, had more than 100,000 businesses owned by women. Eleven states had more than 200,000 women-owned firms in 2007.

 US Map of Number of Women-owned Business

States with the highest percentage of women-owned businesses, as a percent of all firms, were spread throughout the United States. States with the largest percentage of women-owned businesses were the District of Columbia (34.5 percent), Maryland (32.6 percent), New Mexico (31.7 percent), Hawaii (31.0 percent) and Georgia (30.9 percent).

States with the Highest Percentage of Women-Owned Firms
Rank Area Women-Owned Firms Total Firms Women-Owned Firms as a Percent of All Firms Receipts ($1,000)
**** United States 7,792,115 27,092,908 28.8% $1,196,608,004
1 District of Columbia 19,291 55,887 34.5% $3,775,077
2 Maryland 172,083 528,112 32.6% $22,231,876
3 New Mexico 49,915 157,231 31.7% $6,822,313
4 Hawaii 37,343 120,374 31.0% $4,933,768
5 Georgia 278,290 901,105 30.9% $40,707,463
6 Illinois 343,073 1,123,817 30.5% $53,411,130
7 Michigan 248,381 816,972 30.4% $30,904,400
8 New York 594,517 1,956,733 30.4% $83,851,312
9 California 1,039,208 3,425,510 30.3% $182,981,823
10 Virginia 192,033 638,643 30.1% $30,080,519
33 Missouri 130,772 501,064 26.1% $20,234,979

 

Map of US for Percent of Wonen-owned Businesses
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of Business Owners, 2007

For more information on Women-Owned Businesses see: Missouri Women-Owned Business By County and Missouri Women-Owned Business By Industry.

Updated February 2012.



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