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Top 10 Best States To Start Your Franchise

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So you want to start a franchise. That’s fantastic! But where should you open your business? What states?

I’ll show you.


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10 Best States To Start Your Franchise

Before I share the top 10 states that are the best to start a franchise, I need to let you in on something.

I didn’t come up with the list of states to start your franchise. Christina Niu did.

Christina is a Senior Research Analyst at FRANdata, and holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, Denver, with a minor in Mathematics.

Notably, she authored the 2022 Franchising Economic Outlook for the International Franchise Association (IFA).

And just so you know, my CV is quite similar, except I majored in mathematics at NYU.



I’m kidding! I couldn’t get past PRE-Algebra in high school.

But I do know franchising.

With that in mind, here are the 10 best states to start a franchise* according to the report I referenced above).

*Based on projected franchise business growth in 2022.


The Top 10 States For Franchising

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1. Texas


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2. Florida

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3. Arizona


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4. South Carolina

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5. Idaho


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6. Tennessee



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7. North Carolina


8. Montana


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9. Nebraska


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10. Nevada

Do you live in one of those states?

Were you planning on moving to one of them?


There Are No Guarantees

While I absolutely trust the math, there are no guarantees that the projections listed in the 2022 Franchising Outlook will come to fruition. A lot of factors can come into play. Like:

A freaking pandemic.

A major economic downturn.

A war, and other unpleasantries I’m sure you can come up with on your own. My point?

Stuff happens.

Projections are well…projections.

But if was looking to open a franchise business in the U.S., I would certainly start with the 10 states listed above.

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