Number of Small Businesses in San Bernardino County, CA: 2023 Outlook

According to the latest statistics, there are 196,455 small businesses in San Bernardino County, CA. These small businesses make up nearly 99.95 percent of all businesses in the county.
By Neilsberg Research January 24, 2023
The number of small businesses in San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County, CA?

Key small business stats

Our research yielded several striking findings related to the number of small businesses in San Bernardino 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 196,455 in San Bernardino County, CA.
  • The small businesses make up nearly all (99.95 percent) businesses in San Bernardino County, CA.
  • Most of San Bernardino County’s small businesses are very small as 96.90 percent of all businesses did not have employees or have fewer than 20 employees.
  • As per the Non employer statistics, self-employment in San Bernardino County, CA increased by 20.53% over the last 8 years. .  
  • Between 2021 and 2022, the number of small businesses in San Bernardino County, CA increased by 6,228 ( 3.27% ). Overall the number of small businesses marked a a growth of 32,003 ( 19.46% ) between 2014 and 2022.

San Bernardino County, CA: Small businesses with no employees

As of Sep 2022, there were 159,530 small businesses with no employees in San Bernardino County, CA. Compared to 2014, that is an increase of 27,172 ( 20.53% ) 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 5,482 from being 154,048 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 San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County, CA

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

Year Reported Businesses With No Employees
2016 135,455
2017 139,403
2018 141,417
2019 143,379
2020 148,999
2021 154,048
2022 159,530

San Bernardino 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 3,904 ( 14.44% ). In 2014 the number of businesses were 27,030, which increased to 30,934 in 2022.

Overall most of the small businesses in San Bernardino County, CA are very small, and have less then 20 employees. These micro businesses account for nearly 83.56% 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 San Bernardino 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 27,132
2017 27,465
2018 27,991
2019 28,643
2020 29,666
2021 30,211
2022 30,934

San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County, CA the number of small businesses with 20 - 99 employees increased from being 4,330 in 2014 to 5,136 in 2022. In percentage terms the change is an increase of approximately 18.61%.

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 San Bernardino 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 4,501
2017 4,604
2018 4,848
2019 4,907
2020 5,066
2021 5,123
2022 5,136

San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino County, CA the number of such businesses changed from 734 in 2014 to 855 in 2022.

An increase in the number of these businesses is a good economic indicator for a county. With an increase of 121 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 San Bernardino County, CA

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

Year Reported Businesses With 100-499 Employees
2016 723
2017 780
2018 813
2019 830
2020 804
2021 845
2022 855

References

Data used for the report on number of small business in the San Bernardino 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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