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.

Revenue Growth Rate, 2014-2017, by State
Revenue Growth Rate, 2014-2017, by State
Employee Growth Rate, 2014-2017, by State
AL
AK
AZ
AR
CA
CO
CT
DE
DC
FL
GA
HI
ID
IL
IN
IA
KS
KY
LA
ME
MD
MA
MI
MN
MS
MO
MT
NE
NV
NH
NJ
NM
NY
NC
ND
OH
OK
OR
PA
PR
RI
SC
SD
TN
TX
UT
VT
VA
WA
WV
WI
WY
Employee Growth Rate, 2014-2017, by State
Published on: Aug 15, 2018