The county receiving the most Small Business Administration loans in each state

The county receiving the most Small Business Administration loans in each state

Flippa identified the county in each state where applicants were approved for the most Small Business Administration loan funds per capita in 2023.

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The Small Business Administration backed loans worth $27.5 billion through its primary lending program in 2023—rising well above pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels as government officials aim to stabilize the economy.

Many small businesses get their start and scale up with SBA loans, which increased lending to Black, Latino, and women entrepreneurs in the past few years in step with efforts to become more equitable.

Flippa found the county within each state where applicants were approved for the most SBA loan funds per capita in fiscal year 2023, which ended in September. The analysis was based on the SBA's most common loan program, known as 7(a) loans. States are listed in alphabetical order.

SBA's 7(a) program provides extra security to lenders when they loan money to small businesses that might otherwise be considered too risky to grant. Loans can be for up to $5 million, but in 2023, nearly 7 in 10 loans were for amounts of $350,000 or less. Small businesses can use these funds for real estate acquisitions or improvements, working capital, supplies and equipment, and for other business startup or acquisition purposes.

Barriers do still exist for eligibility, including income, credit history, and location, but SBA loans can be fruitful for founders who don't qualify for conventional business financing. They can also provide protection against high and volatile interest rates, as SBA-backed loans have maximum interest rates that are predictable and often lower than other loans.

All but two of the #1 ranked counties had populations of less than 500,000—most smaller than 100,000. That's not surprising, as the Census Bureau classifies about 99% of U.S. counties as small. Still, it signifies that these smaller communities are building successful entrepreneurial environments. In most cases, their small businesses are able to succeed beyond those within the major U.S. population centers—at least in terms of success in gaining SBA funding.

Read on to see whether your county was among those receiving the most SBA loans.

Alabama: Cleburne County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $5.6 million (About $375 per resident)
- Number of loans: 5

Alaska: Sitka Borough

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- SBA loan funds approved: $6.1 million (About $716 per resident)
- Number of loans: 4

Arizona: La Paz County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $3.1 million (About $185 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Arkansas: Lawrence County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $8.5 million (About $524 per resident)
- Number of loans: 3

California: Madera County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $29.0 million (About $186 per resident)
- Number of loans: 16

Colorado: Summit County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $20.6 million (About $662 per resident)
- Number of loans: 23

Connecticut: Hartford County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $95.6 million (About $106 per resident)
- Number of loans: 212

Delaware: New Castle County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $49.8 million (About $88 per resident)
- Number of loans: 121

Florida: Gilchrist County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $5.6 million (About $317 per resident)
- Number of loans: 2

Georgia: McIntosh County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $10.0 million (About $888 per resident)
- Number of loans: 3

Hawaii: Kauai County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $4.1 million (About $56 per resident)
- Number of loans: 8

Idaho: Shoshone County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $4.8 million (About $365 per resident)
- Number of loans: 4

Illinois: Logan County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $8.2 million (About $291 per resident)
- Number of loans: 2

Indiana: Bartholomew County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $16.4 million (About $201 per resident)
- Number of loans: 10

Iowa: Chickasaw County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $2.5 million (About $207 per resident)
- Number of loans: 6

Kansas: Gove County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $2.0 million (About $721 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Kentucky: Owen County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $5.1 million (About $456 per resident)
- Number of loans: 2

Louisiana: Claiborne Parish

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- SBA loan funds approved: $6.0 million (About $412 per resident)
- Number of loans: 5

Maine: Knox County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $5.3 million (About $132 per resident)
- Number of loans: 19

Maryland: Allegany County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $6.5 million (About $95 per resident)
- Number of loans: 9

Massachusetts: Nantucket County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $3.3 million (About $240 per resident)
- Number of loans: 8

Michigan: Keweenaw County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $4.3 million (About $2,101 per resident)
- Number of loans: 5

Minnesota: Marshall County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $5.1 million (About $559 per resident)
- Number of loans: 4

Mississippi: Smith County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $7.3 million (About $506 per resident)
- Number of loans: 14

Missouri: Pettis County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $17.4 million (About $406 per resident)
- Number of loans: 9

Montana: Sweet Grass County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $4.8 million (About $1,312 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Nebraska: Nuckolls County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $2.2 million (About $521 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Nevada: Carson City

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- SBA loan funds approved: $13.3 million (About $229 per resident)
- Number of loans: 15

New Hampshire: Rockingham County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $35.3 million (About $113 per resident)
- Number of loans: 117

New Jersey: Cape May County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $26.7 million (About $280 per resident)
- Number of loans: 27

New Mexico: Torrance County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $4.2 million (About $280 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

New York: Essex County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $11.5 million (About $306 per resident)
- Number of loans: 8

North Carolina: Dare County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $13.3 million (About $362 per resident)
- Number of loans: 8

North Dakota: Oliver County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $384,000 (About $208 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Ohio: Putnam County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $7.4 million (About $214 per resident)
- Number of loans: 10

Oklahoma: Craig County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $4.4 million (About $311 per resident)
- Number of loans: 2

Oregon: Wasco County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $6.1 million (About $229 per resident)
- Number of loans: 7

Pennsylvania: Jefferson County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $6.8 million (About $153 per resident)
- Number of loans: 8

Rhode Island: Kent County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $14.9 million (About $88 per resident)
- Number of loans: 39

South Carolina: Jasper County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $5.5 million (About $192 per resident)
- Number of loans: 5

South Dakota: Deuel County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $1.5 million (About $341 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Tennessee: Decatur County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $3.0 million (About $262 per resident)
- Number of loans: 2

Texas: Menard County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $1.5 million (About $745 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Utah: Piute County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $1.4 million (About $746 per resident)
- Number of loans: 1

Vermont: Windham County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $9.2 million (About $201 per resident)
- Number of loans: 15

Virginia: Richmond County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $6.9 million (About $777 per resident)
- Number of loans: 22

Washington: Columbia County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $1.3 million (About $331 per resident)
- Number of loans: 3

West Virginia: Marshall County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $5.3 million (About $172 per resident)
- Number of loans: 3

Wisconsin: Vilas County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $13.6 million (About $597 per resident)
- Number of loans: 8

Wyoming: Sheridan County

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- SBA loan funds approved: $13.9 million (About $451 per resident)
- Number of loans: 7

Story editing by Ashleigh Graf. Copy editing by Paris Close. Photo selection by Michael Flocker.

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