Where to start a new business? The 10 best and worst states for entrepreneurs

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    By Elyssa Kirkham/GOBankingRates

    Entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of the American economy, and it has reached record heights in recent years. Becoming an entrepreneur is a dream for many Americans; two in five employees hope to someday strike out on their own, according to a survey from the University of Phoenix Business School.

    But starting a business is a serious undertaking, and part of launching a company means getting an idea of how well your state fosters new businesses and startups. To find out which states are the best or worst for entrepreneurs, GOBankingRates conducted a study that looked at the startup opportunities, existing small businesses, business tax climate and other factors in each state.

    Based on the study's findings, GOBankingRates generated this ranking of the best and worst states for entrepreneurs.

    Location is a major factor of success when starting a new business. The 10 best states for business owners have a strong culture of entrepreneurship and high numbers of existing small businesses, as well as a high rate of survival for these companies. They also help new businesses keep up with operating expenses thanks to lower costs of living, fewer taxes and accessible small business lending.

    Click through to see how smart it would be to start a business in your state.

    This article, The 10 best and worst states for entrepreneurs, was originally published on GOBankingRates.com.

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    Editor's note: The methodology is explained on the last page.