Fort Worth is one of the best cities in the U.S. for Hispanic entrepreneurs, according to a new ranking from personal finance website WalletHub. As a state, Texas shines on the report, taking nine spots among the top 25. Four are in DFW.
Among the 23 factors that WalletHub considered in creating its list were Hispanic entrepreneurship rate, Hispanic income growth, and share of Hispanic-owned businesses. The site then took data from, among other places, the U.S. Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics and applied the metrics. In all, 182 large U.S. cities were ranked.
Fort Worth comes in at an impressive No. 18. Grand Prairie, No. 13, ranks highest in the area. Irving (No. 17) and Plano (No. 25) round out DFW's presence at the top of the list.
In addition, these Texas cities made the top 25:
- Laredo (No. 1)
- Corpus Christi (No. 4)
- Amarillo (No. 7)
- San Antonio (No. 8)
- El Paso (No. 19)
- Austin (No. 20)
Seven Texas cities were outside the top 25:
- Houston (No. 29)
- Dallas (No. 31)
- Brownsville (No. 37)
- Arlington (No. 46)
- Lubbock (No. 53)
- Garland (No. 63)
Texas has long been a bastion of success for Hispanic entrepreneurs. According to a new report from the Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, Texas is tied with Florida for the second highest number of Hispanic-owned businesses (15 percent) in the country. Only California has more (24 percent).
One of the things that’s helping Hispanic businesses thrive in Texas is access to money. The initiative’s report shows Texas is one of the country’s five most funding-friendly states for Hispanic entrepreneurs. The others are California, Florida, New York, and Nevada.