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Washington D.C. Area Tops Startup Growth Study

Tuesday, July 12, 2016  
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The latest Kauffman Index study ranked the Washington D.C. area as the area with the biggest startup growth.

The study measures entrepreneurship growth in 40 cities nationwide. The study is focused on output rather than input, which means it's looking at factors like business density, new companies, and growth rates. The study also measures entrepreneurship at the national, state, and metropolitan level. 

This year, entrepreneurship grew in 34 of the 40 metros measured, which is the largest increase in the last decade on a national scale. This means that more new companies are cropping up nationwide, and they're starting up everywhere, not just in the bigger cities. If the trend continues, entrepreneurship growth could soon be back to pre-recession levels.

The usual big players like San Francisco and Boston stayed relatively stable compared to 2015's ranking, but other mid-sized cities went through some changes in the past year. Cincinnati had the biggest jump in the ranking since last year -- it moved up 19 spots from 35 to 16 -- while entrepreneurship slowed in Pittsburgh, moving the city from 12 down to 27.

The Washington D.C. area, consisting of Arlington, Alexandria, D.C., came in number one with a rate of startup growth of 116.9%. Austin, TX came in second and San Jose, CA rounded out the top three.

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