In case you were wondering, yes, there is an ideal place to start your small business. According to a new survey from the Kauffman Foundation and Thumbtack.com, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma and Utah are the most small business-friendly states.
The poll of more than 6,000 business owners and entrepreneurs revealed that low tax rates, simple licensing regulations and publicized training programs were key to a healthy business environment.
While the highest-ranking states may be great for starting a business, they may not be a great place to start your life, however. According to a separate survey by Chief Executive magazine, top business states like Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma can't compete with other states like California and New York -- which aren't business friendly -- when it comes to the well-being of residents.
Is your state business-friendly? Check out the slideshow below for the big winners and losers according to the Kauffman/ Thumbtack.com rankings.
Idaho earned an A+ for overall small business friendliness, scoring top rankings in all categories other than hiring costs.
Texas earned an A+ ranking and the second-most friendly state for small businesses. Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio were ranked among the best cities in the nation to start a business.
Oklahoma earned an A+ for overall friendliness towards small business. Oklahoma City was rated the friendliest city to small businesses in the U.S.
Utah scored an A+ for overall friendliness and was ranked in the top three states for ease of starting a business.
Louisiana ranked fifth with an A in overall friendliness. The state scored high on regulations, licensing and networking programs.
New York scored a D in overall business friendliness. The empire state scored an F for regulations, tax code and zoning.
California earned an F for overall friendliness to small business. The state ranked as the fourth worst in zoning, tax code and regulations.
The island paradise isn't perfect for small businesses. The islands scored an F for overall friendliness, and scored lowest on ease of starting a business, hiring costs and regulations.
The snowy state ranked as the second worst state for small businesses, earning an F for overall friendliness and ease of starting a business.
The smallest state isn't the friendliest to small businesses. Rhode Island scored an F for regulations, tax code, zoning and health and safety.