Number of Small Businesses in Lake County, CA: 2023 Outlook

According to the latest statistics, there are 5,075 small businesses in Lake County, CA. These small businesses make up the entire 100 percent of all businesses in the county.
By Neilsberg Research January 24, 2023
The number of small businesses in Lake County, CA

As per the U.S. Small Business Administration a small business is defined as one with fewer than 500 employees. To learn more about the trends related to the number of small businesses in Lake County, we’ve analyzed all of the most essential data reported by relevant surveys across various departments at the U.S. Census Bureau. 

How many small businesses are there in Lake County, CA?

Key small business stats

Our research yielded several striking findings related to the number of small businesses in Lake County, CA:

  • According to the 2022 Small Business profile from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. SBA and Statistics of US Businesses, the number of small businesses totaled 5,075 in Lake County, CA.
  • The small businesses make up nearly all (100 percent) businesses in Lake County, CA.
  • Most of Lake County’s small businesses are very small as 98.15 percent of all businesses did not have employees or have fewer than 20 employees.
  • As per the Non employer statistics, self-employment in Lake County, CA decreased by 0.15% over the last 8 years. .  
  • Between 2021 and 2022, the number of small businesses in Lake County, CA increased by 73 ( 1.46% ). Overall the number of small businesses marked a a growth of 58 ( 1.16% ) between 2014 and 2022.

Lake County, CA: Small businesses with no employees

As of Sep 2022, there were 3,964 small businesses with no employees in Lake County, CA. Compared to 2014, that is a decrease of 6 ( 0.15% ) in the number of self employed population in the county.

Most recently, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of small businesses with no employees increased by 66 from being 3,898 in 2021.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, across the United States, we witnessed an ongoing economic trend of the rise of gig economy and the beginning of the great resignation. The biggest impact was found in the economic activity related to the small businesses with no employees.

Its impact in Lake County, CA is clearly reflected in the below chart, displaying number of small businesses with no employees between 2016 and 2022 (Exhibit 2).

Exhibit 2
The number of small businesses with no employees in Lake County, CA

Below is a table showing the number of businesses with no employees since 2016.

Year Reported Businesses With No Employees
2016 3,929
2017 3,868
2018 3,910
2019 3,784
2020 3,876
2021 3,898
2022 3,964

Lake County, CA: Small businesses with less than 20 employees

Between 2014 and 2022, the number of small businesses with less than 20 employees increased by 52 ( 5.39% ). In 2014 the number of businesses were 965, which increased to 1,017 in 2022.

Overall most of the small businesses in Lake County, CA are very small, and have less then 20 employees. These micro businesses account for nearly 91.54% of the total businesses with employees in the county.

The trend in the number of small businesses with less than 20 employees is visible in the below chart ( Exhibit 3).

Exhibit 3
The number of small businesses with less than 20 employees in Lake County, CA


Here is a comprehensive overview of the number of small businesses with less than 20 employees since 2016:

Year Reported Businesses With 1-19 Employees
2016 950
2017 976
2018 956
2019 989
2020 1,031
2021 1,007
2022 1,017

Lake County, CA: Small businesses with 20 - 99 employees

Of the 3,195 counties reviewed across the United States, the small businesses with 20 - 99 employees was found to be resilient set with respect to the impact of the pandemic. 

In Lake County, CA the number of small businesses with 20 - 99 employees increased from being 70 in 2014 to 80 in 2022. In percentage terms the change is an increase of approximately 14.29%.

We have charted the number of small businesses with 20 - 99 employees since 2016 ( Exhibit 4):

Exhibit 4
The number of small businesses with 20 to 99 employees in Lake County, CA

Over the last 7 years, the number of small businesses with 20-99 employees is tabulated below:

Year Reported Businesses With 20-99 Employees
2016 69
2017 70
2018 75
2019 82
2020 72
2021 82
2022 80

Lake County, CA: Small businesses with 100 - 499 employees

As per the U.S. Small Business Administration, the businesses with 100 - 499 employees are the largest businesses eligible to be classified under the category of being called as a small business. In Lake County, CA the number of such businesses changed from 12 in 2014 to 14 in 2022.

An increase in the number of these businesses is a good economic indicator for a county. With an increase of 2 such businesses between 2014 and 2022 shows that this is a great county for business growth.

Full set of data related to the number of small businesses with 100 - 499 employees is shown in the below chart ( Exhibit 5):

Exhibit 5
The number of small businesses with 100 to 499 employees in Lake County, CA

You can also find the table below with the number of small businesses with 100 - 499 employees in Lake County, CA:

Year Reported Businesses With 100-499 Employees
2016 13
2017 14
2018 16
2019 14
2020 15
2021 15
2022 14

References

Data used for the report on number of small business in the Lake County, CA was sourced from the following programs, surveys and reports within the US Census Bureau: 

1) Annual small business profile published by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy.

2) Nonemployer Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

3) County Business Patterns, U.S. Census Bureau

4) Statistics of US Businesses, U.S. Census Bureau

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