17 worst US states for female entrepreneurs

Emily Rella

Theres no easy way around it — being an entrepreneur is hard.

And being a female entrepreneur can be even harder.

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So much goes into launching a business venture, from having adequate funding and capital, to staffing to the most basic building blocks of having professional support and people who believe in you and your idea.

Coming into the arena as a woman can be even more difficult, as women are vastly outnumbered in the business world.

Well, maybe not so much anymore — A new report by Expert Market shows that since the 2008 financial crisis, the number of women-owned companies has increased at a rate that's a whopping five times higher than the national average.

But still, the research begged an answer to the question "how frequently do success stories come into fruition for women entrepreneurs?"

To answer simply, in these 17 states, not very often.

Here are the 17 worst states for female entrepreneurs to start a business:

The study cross-referenced data on the number of women-owned firms, revenue and job growth from women-owned companies and other factors such as costs of living, starting a business and access to funding in all 50 states across the country.

The resulting data showed which states were the best and the worst for women, and though some data was shocking, it was hardly surprising.

California plummeted from the top 10 into spot 34, thanks to a high cost of launching a new business in the state.

So, which state was the winner?

Texas!

The Lonestar State's affordable cost of living and massive startup opportunity helped it clinch the top spot, making in the best state for female entrepreneur.

They do say everything is bigger in Texas -- and, apparently, so is the opportunity for women to start their own companies!

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