The Kauffman Foundation recently published their 2007 State New Economy Index, a benchmarking of economic transformation in the USA. It is an interesting compilation of data and trends from number of patents issued to venture capital funds dispersed.
A study on entrepreneurial activity in the report highlighted the five most entrepreneurial states as a percentage of entrepreneurs within the population. All five were the very rural states of: Vermont (0.46%), Colorado (0.44%), Oklahoma (0.43%), Montana (0.41%) and Idaho (0.41%). They compared to a national average of 0.30%.
The top five states that are online are also all largely rural: Alaska (72%), New Hampshire (70%), Utah (70%), Minnesota (69%) and Wyoming (68%). The USA national average is 59%.
What are you doing to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in your town?