Relative Growth of Firms Without Employees

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, Alameda County, San Francisco, California, and the United States

Firms Without Employees in 2015
Silicon Valley 209,267
San Francisco 98,890
Alameda County 139,261
California 3,206,958
United States 24,331,403

Data Source:

United States Census Bureau, Nonemployer Statistics


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data for firms without employees are from the U.S. Census Bureau, which uses the term ‘nonemployers’. The Census defines nonemployers as a business that has no paid employees, has annual business receipts of $1,000 or more ($1 or more in the construction industries), and is subject to federal income taxes. Most nonemployers are self-employed individuals operating very small unincorporated businesses, which may or may not be the owner’s principal source of income. Silicon Valley data include Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

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