The Best States for Millennial Business Owners

By Amanda Postma - Nov. 17, 2020

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When it comes to owning your own business, there are a lot of factors to consider especially when you’re a millennial.

When it comes to being the most popular (and unpopular) generation yet, there are some places you might want to avoid if you’re trying to start your own business.

Since there are already enough negative stereotypes going against millennials, we wanted to help. So we found the best states for millennial business owners.

These states offer low LLC fees and corporate tax, as well as high percentages of millennials living there with Bachelor’s Degrees. On top of that, the average student loan debt in these states is lower than anywhere else in the U.S.

The Best States for Millennial Business Owners

  1. Missouri
  2. Colorado
  3. New Mexico
  4. Utah
  5. Montana
  6. Arizona
  7. Wyoming
  8. Hawaii
  9. Idaho
  10. Mississippi

So whether you’re just starting out or you’re trying to grow your business, we think it might be helpful for you to take these locations into consideration.

After all, the less you have to pay in fees and student debt, the more you’ll have for your actual business. If none of these states fit your bill, we have a full list of what every state offers millennial business owners below.

How We Determined This

We ranked each state in five areas:

  • LLC Filing Fee
  • LLC Annual Fee
  • Corporate Tax Rank
  • Percent Of Millennials With Bachelor’s Degree
  • Average Student Loan Debt

First, using data from LLC University we examined the most basic, financial costs of opening a business- LLC filing fee and the annual LLC fees. On average the annual LLC fee is $91. However, the fee is steeper in some states, and cheaper in others.

After that, we looked at the tax climate, by bringing in the corporate tax rate.

Finally, we looked at more personal factors. Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Education and personal financial health can contribute to what position an individual is in to start a business in the first place.

For this, we looked at the percent of millennials with a bachelor’s degree from the ACS. Not only can an education give you specialized skills to market, but it can also provide you with knowledge on management, finance, and other areas needed for a business to thrive.

From there, we examined average student loan debt from the Department of Education. Education can provide a great foundation for your business, but if excessive debt prevents you from having the financial liquidity to get loans or live on a smaller paycheck while you get started, it can prevent you from getting started.

1. Missouri

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LLC Filing Fee: $50
LLC Annual Fee: $0
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 35.5%
Average Student Loan Debt: $33,310

When it comes to LLC fees, Missouri is all over it. In fact, the only fee you’ll be paying is the $50 filing fee. After that, you won’t have to waste a dime on anymore annoying LLC fees, which is why Missouri is ranked No. 1 for millennial business owners.

2. Colorado

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LLC Filing Fee: $50
LLC Annual Fee: $10
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 44.4%
Average Student Loan Debt: $33,439

Colorado is a great place for millennial business owners as it has the same low filing fee as the No. 1 spot. The $10 LLC annual fee is nothing to scoff at and offers the fourth-highest Bachelor’s Degree percentage at 44.4%. In this case, the more fours the better!

3. New Mexico

LLC Filing Fee: $50
LLC Annual Fee: $0
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 24.1%
Average Student Loan Debt: $28,439

New Mexico is another state that offers a $0 LLC annual fee, which is part of the reason why it’s the third best state for millennial business owners. Another reason for the state’s high ranking is that it offers the fourth-lowest average student loan debt at $28,439.

4. Utah

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LLC Filing Fee: $70
LLC Annual Fee: $20
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 35.0%
Average Student Loan Debt: $28,523

The fourth-best state for millennial business owners is Utah. With it’s $70 LLC filing fee and $20 annual fee, you can focus on spending your money building up your business rather than on annoying bills. Plus, with the average student loan debt at $28,523, you won’t have any issue saving up for your business!

5. Montana

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LLC Filing Fee: $70
LLC Annual Fee: $20
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 37.5%
Average Student Loan Debt: $29,930

Montana is another great option if you’re wanting to keep your bills down. As far as LLC goes, the most you’ll ever pay will be $70 and that’s a one-time payment. Otherwise, you only have to fork up $20 a year. The student loan debt is low here as well at $29,930.

6. Arizona

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LLC Filing Fee: $50
LLC Annual Fee: $0
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 28.2%
Average Student Loan Debt: $31,824

Arizona comes in at No. 6 for millennial business owners. The state offers a $50 fee to file as an LLC, and then that’s it. No annual fee. And with 28.2% of millennials with a Bachelor’s Degree here, you’re sure to succeed with your business.

7. Wyoming

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LLC Filing Fee: $100
LLC Annual Fee: $50
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 26.4%
Average Student Loan Debt: $26,374

The seventh-best state for millennial business owners is Wyoming. The best part of being a millennial here is that the average student loan debt is only $26,374. That’s the lowest in the nation!

8. Hawaii

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LLC Filing Fee: $50
LLC Annual Fee: $15
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 33.3%
Average Student Loan Debt: $32,039

Hawaii has a lot to offer in general, but for the sake of this list, it has a lot to offer millennial business owners. For one, the LLC filing fee is only $50. That’s the lowest it’s going to get. And the annual fee is only $15. That equals out to $1.25 each month. We wish our bills were that low!

9. Idaho

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LLC Filing Fee: $100
LLC Annual Fee: $0
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 27.5%
Average Student Loan Debt: $28,205

At No. 9, Idaho can offer you success for your business. You’ll never have to worry about paying an annual LLC fee. And the state has the third-lowest average student loan debt at $28,205. Time to start a savings account.

10. Mississippi

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LLC Filing Fee: $50
LLC Annual Fee: $0
Bachelor’s Degree Percentage: 22.8%
Average Student Loan Debt: $33,261

Rounding out the list is Mississippi. With the LLC fees and average student loan debt low, it’s safe to assume that millennial business owners will have an easy time setting up shop. It doesn’t get any better than paying only $50 (one time) to file as an LLC.

Millennial’s Have it Rough

Despite the negative connotations thrown at millennials, it’s no secret that they do have a harder time than other generations.

From the median income decreasing to crippling amounts of student debt, things just couldn’t be worse for millennials.

Luckily, we found the best states for millennial business owners to thrive. What’s more, is we also found the worst states for millennial business owners. Check out the list below.

The Best and Worst States for Millennial Business Owners

Rank State Llc Filing Fee Llc Annual Fee Bachelor’S Degree Percentage Average Student Loan Debt
1 Missouri $50 $0 35 $33,310
2 Colorado $50 $10 44 $33,439
3 New Mexico $50 $0 24 $28,439
4 Utah $70 $20 35 $28,523
5 Montana $70 $20 37 $29,930
6 Arizona $50 $0 28 $31,824
7 Wyoming $100 $50 26 $26,374
8 Hawaii $50 $15 33 $32,039
9 Idaho $100 $0 27 $28,205
10 Mississippi $50 $0 22 $33,261
11 Kentucky $40 $15 30 $32,291
12 Oklahoma $100 $25 25 $28,645
13 Indiana $95 $30 30 $30,627
14 Iowa $50 $45 36 $29,315
15 North Dakota $135 $50 33 $28,173
15 South Dakota $150 $50 35 $31,034
17 Nebraska $105 $10 39 $31,995
18 Michigan $50 $25 34 $35,469
19 South Carolina $110 $0 31 $37,250
20 Ohio $99 $0 34 $33,301
20 West Virginia $100 $25 24 $31,486
22 Virginia $100 $50 42 $37,572
23 Wisconsin $130 $25 37 $31,210
24 Minnesota $155 $0 43 $32,322
25 New York $200 $9 47 $38,735
26 Georgia $100 $50 34 $37,285
27 Kansas $160 $50 37 $30,238
27 New Hampshire $100 $100 40 $31,737
29 Connecticut $120 $80 44 $34,293
30 Rhode Island $150 $50 42 $32,341
31 Arkansas $45 $150 25 $31,157
31 Texas $300 $0 32 $30,240
33 California $70 $820 38 $34,449
34 North Carolina $125 $200 35 $36,246
35 Vermont $125 $35 42 $34,483
36 Louisiana $100 $35 28 $33,861
37 Washington $200 $60 39 $31,938
38 Maryland $100 $300 43 $39,484
39 New Jersey $125 $75 47 $35,011
40 Florida $125 $139 31 $35,709
41 Oregon $100 $100 35 $33,420
42 Illinois $150 $75 43 $37,471
42 Maine $175 $85 35 $32,087
44 Alaska $250 $100 25 $29,921
44 Pennsylvania $125 $70 40 $35,843
46 Delaware $90 $300 32 $34,257
47 Massachusetts $500 $500 54 $35,280
48 Nevada $425 $350 24 $30,036
48 Tennessee $300 $300 33 $34,284
50 Alabama $183 $100 27 $34,861

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Amanda Postma

Amanda Postma is a writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog with a focus on creating entertaining content to help you through your job search. She received her BA from the University Of Missouri-Columbia.

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