BEST CITIES TO START A BUSINESS IN WASHINGTON

Don’t be surprised that Washington is the home of some of the nation’s most respected and successful companies, including Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, as the state has always offered an excellent environment for the growth and development of new business. For starters, Washington’s tax system is very forgiving. The state does not levy a personal income tax, corporate tax, or franchise tax; one of few states where this is the case. Washington’s low tax burden is a serious boon to businesses in the early stages of development, when high levies can sink a company in a pool of debt.

Another positive for the budding entrepreneur is access to a wide pool of highly skilled and educated potential employees coming out of University of Washington and Washington State. In fact, Washington ranks 4th in the U.S. in percentage of available employees.

The state’s cultural ethos is also conducive to out-of-the box thinking. Seattle, and college towns like Olympia and Spokane have long been hotbeds of new ideas and innovation where old methods and business models are continually challenged.

StateCityCounty
WATacomaPierce
WALakewoodPierce
WASpokaneSpokane
WAAuburnKing
WAFederal WayKing
WAKentKing
WAKirklandKing
WARedmondKing
WARentonKing
WASammamishKing
WASeattleKing
WAVancouverClark
WAKennewickBenton
WARichlandBenton
WABellinghamWhatcom
WAPascoFranklin
WAYakimaYakima

Only cities with over 50,000 inhabitants are reported in the results. Some data had to be interpolated to the county level and extrapolated to all the cities in the county. We concentrated on the following metrics to obtain our ranking: Cost of livingBest state for businessUnemploymentKauffman index, and Universities.

ABOUT HOW TO START AN LLC

I'm an entrepreneur myself. When talking to others who want to start their own business, they often get wrapped up in the nitty gritty of paperwork and forming the company. They forget that what really matters is customers, sales, and profit. That's why I created How to Start an LLC.org: a simple resource and guide so you can spend less time on forming your company, and more time on building it.

My lawyers want me to remind you that I'm not a lawyer and that I'm completely unqualified to offer legal advice. This site is meant to serve as a reference for you on your journey. If you have questions or concerns, please contact a qualified lawyer (or accountant) to help you. Also, as a general rule, never take random legal advice on the internet.