The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies

Certain U.S. regions produce high-growth companies that have transcended the economic downturn of the last few years. This report series reveals that high numbers of these firms are concentrated in unexpected regions and industrial sectors.

Insights from examining 30 years of Inc. 500 firm data

Certain regions of the country continuously produce innovative, high-growth companies that have transcended the economic downturn of the last few years. Surprisingly, those regions include more than the expected locales like Boston and Silicon Valley. "The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies," a report series released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, reveals that high numbers of fast-growing firms are concentrated in unexpected regions and industrial sectors.

This comprehensive, first-ever analysis of the geography of Inc. 500 firms is presented here in in-depth reports that explore geographic trends of high-growth firms over time, the movements of the founders, and state-by-state profiles.

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Geographic trends

Read The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies: An Analysis of the Geography of Entrepreneurship [PDF], which provides insights about the geographic trends of Inc. 500 companies over 30 years at the state and metropolitan levels.



Founder mobility

Read The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies: Founder Mobility (PDF), which analyzes the movements of Inc. 500 founders across regions and metropolitan areas.




State profiles

Read The Ascent of America's High-Growth Companies: An Analysis of the Geography of Entrepreneurship (PDF), which provides insights about the geographic trends of Inc. 500 companies over 30 years at the state and metropolitan levels.