Entrepreneurial Demographics

Entrepreneurs are people, coming from many different backgrounds and life experiences. The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship captures changing demographic trends at the national, state and metropolitan area for six major demographic dimensions: gender, race, nativity, age, education and veteran status.

Each Kauffman Index report presents demographics for a different type of business owner.

The Kauffman Index of Startup Activity presents demographics for new entrepreneurs, those who started a new business in a given year.


The Kauffman Index of Main Street Entrepreneurship presents demographics for all active businesses owners at a given point in time, including new entrepreneurs and existing small business owners.

To get started, go to one of these pages:


  • National entrepreneurial demographics >


  • State entrepreneurial demographics


  • Metropolitan area demographics >