What lands a company on the Inc. 5000? One metric: revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. This year, which state fared the best according to that metric? Minnesota. The North Star State's 85 Inc. 5000 companies were good for a three-year revenue growth rate of 321.4 percent. In second place: Arkansas, with a 297.2 percent growth rate; in third place was Montana, which clocked in at 281.7 percent.
Inc. 5000 companies are significant job creators; the ten companies on the list from Maine increased headcount by the largest percentage basis--427 percent--in the past three years, followed by New Hampshire and, once again, Arkansas. Not surprisingly, population-rich California added the most total employees--252,721--which netted out to headcount percentage growth of 195.4 percent between 2014 and 2017.