Median business size in the U.S. in 2016: fewer than five employees


Median-sized businesses in the U.S. in 2016 have fewer than five employees, according to County Business Patterns (CBP) statistics provided by the United States Census Bureau.

There were 7,728,970 total businesses in the U.S. in 2016, with 1,069,096 retail trade businesses (13.8%) accounting for the largest proportion of these businesses. 4,201,916 businesses (54.4%) had fewer than 5 employees, and 52,723 (0.7%) had 250 or more.

Median-sized businesses in nine states have between five and nine employees. In all other states, median-sized businesses have fewer than five employees.

Median business size in all U.S. states (2016)
State
Total Employees
Alabama
5-9
Mississippi
5-9
West Virginia
5-9
Ohio
5-9
Wisconsin
5-9
Louisiana
5-9
Tennessee
5-9
District of Columbia
5-9
Indiana
5-9
Florida
less than 5
Kentucky
less than 5
Nevada
less than 5
South Dakota
less than 5
Connecticut
less than 5
Illinois
less than 5
Michigan
less than 5
New Hampshire
less than 5
Pennsylvania
less than 5
Vermont
less than 5
Arizona
less than 5
Hawaii
less than 5
Massachusetts
less than 5
North Carolina
less than 5
Texas
less than 5
Alaska
less than 5
Delaware
less than 5
Kansas
less than 5
Missouri
less than 5
New Mexico
less than 5
South Carolina
less than 5
Colorado
less than 5
Idaho
less than 5
Maine
less than 5
Nebraska
less than 5
Oregon
less than 5
Virginia
less than 5
Arkansas
less than 5
Georgia
less than 5
Montana
less than 5
New York
less than 5
Wyoming
less than 5
Minnesota
less than 5
New Jersey
less than 5
Rhode Island
less than 5
Washington
less than 5
California
less than 5
Iowa
less than 5
Maryland
less than 5
North Dakota
less than 5
Oklahoma
less than 5
Utah
less than 5

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