Arizona Business Opportunities

Cathedral Rock near Red Rock Crossing in Sedona
Cathedral Rock near Red Rock Crossing in Sedona[1]

A Quick Glance at Arizona

Arizona, whose nickname is The Grand Canyon State, first obtained its statehood in 1912. With a population of 6,626,624 people, Arizona is the fifteenth most populated state in the United States.

If you are considering starting your new business in Arizona, you might want to look into one of Arizona's top three most populous cities - Phoenix (which is also the state's capital), Tucson or Mesa.


Top Industry

The largest industry in the state of Arizona is ambulatory health care services.

  • The gross domestic product (GDP), of this industry, is roughly $11.9 billion and accounts for 4% of Arizona's GDP.
  • Ambulatory health care services also employs 4.4% of Arizona's private workforce.

Small Businesses

In the United States, the more than 600,000 plus franchised small busineeses account for 40% of all retail sales and provide jobs for some 8 million people. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), their standard definition of what constitutes as a small business includes a maximum of 500 employees or operations with and/or up to $7 million in revenue, depending on the industry.

  • There are 995,671 small businesses, in the state, of Arizona.
  • Small businesses in Arizona, make up 29.9% of the state's private workforce.

State and Local Taxes

Listed below are the state and local taxes, for the state of Arizona, and how they rank against other states in the U.S.

State Tax Rate Avg. Local Tax Rate Combined Rate Combined Rank* Max Local Tax Rate
5.6% 2.65% 8.25% 11 5.3%
*Combined Rank is rank from highest to lowest tax percentage

California has the highest state tax rate in the United States at 7.25%, but Lousinana has the highest combined tax rate, overall, at 9.98%. Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon share the spot for lowest combined tax rates at 0%.


Additional Information

If you need additional information about how to start a business in Arizona, their official state page might be a good place to start. If you are looking to own your own established franchise in Arizona, we have collected a comprehensive list of companies that are actively looking to expand in Arizona, for you to explore.

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