Introducing the New Kauffman Index

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In the 2015 rankings, new business creation rose in nearly half of the nation's 40 largest metro areas, with startup activity largely clustered in western and southern cities.

The Kauffman Index: Startup Activity is a new report from the Kauffman Foundation bringing together the latest data available on entrepreneurial trends nationally, at the state level, and for the 40 largest metropolitan areas of the United States.

The Kauffman Index: Startup Activity has three components:

Rate of New Entrepreneurs: an early and broad measure of business ownership
Opportunity Share of New Entrepreneurs: a proxy indicator of the percent of new entrepreneurs starting businesses because they saw market opportunities.
Startup Density: the number of startup firms divided by total population of a place

For the past 10 years, the Kauffman Index has been a trusted, early indicator for entrepreneurship in the United States, used by entrepreneurs and policy makers, from the federal to state and local levels.

Media inquiries about the Kauffman Index can be directed to All other questions about the Kauffman Index can be directed to Arnobio Morelix at