DENVER — According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed than nonveterans. While every state has veteran-owned businesses, they're more common in some places than others.
According to a national directory from the website VeteranOwnedBusiness.com, Alaska has the most veteran-owned businesses per 1,000 residents.
New Hampshire, Florida and Colorado are close runners-up. Florida is the state with the most veteran-owned businesses, followed by Texas and California. Those states are also the three U.S. states with the largest populations.
Although the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data on veteran-owned businesses comes from 2012, much of that information tracks with the VeteranOwnedBusiness.com data.
California, Florida and Texas were the states with the most veteran-owned businesses in 2012, and Alaska and New Hampshire were two of the five states with the largest percentage of veteran-owned firms. The other three states were South Carolina, Virginia and Mississippi.
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