And firms with fewer than five employees account for more than half of all businesses.  Just 31 of the 21,366 businesses in San Mateo County employ 1,000 or more people.

So today, (March 7) on National Be Heard Day, let’s support small business owners and aspiring owners who are making their voices heard. National Be Heard Day is dedicated to the 145 million small businesses in the United States as they strive to be heard in their communities.

Data from the Census Bureau shows that the entrepreneurial spirit thrives in San Mateo County. Check out the accompanying chart for number of businesses, paid employees and payroll. All information is from 2018, the latest year with available data.

Did you know the Census is more than a head count? Data collected every 10 years provides detailed information on everything from schools to businesses and helps us see how our communities have changed over time. Be sure to participate in the 2020 Census!

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Type of Business Establishment

Number of Establishments

Number of Employees

Annual Payroll

All

21,366

385,982

$48,197,075,000

Less than 5 employees

11,530

N/A

N/A

5 to 9 employees

3,955

N/A

N/A

10 to 49 employees

4,630

N/A

N/A

1,000 or more

31

N/A

 

N/A

 

Professional, scientific and technical services

3,275

40,613

$6,353,625,000

Health care and social assistance

2,497

36,465

$2,581,352,000

Accommodation and food services

2,170

41,559

$1,141,137,000

Retail trade

2,021

35,481

$1,404,218,000

Construction

1,908

18,964

$1,538,551,000

Finance and insurance

1,353

18,382

$1,048,660,000

Real estate and leasing

1,251

7,200

$483,870,000

Administration and support/waste management services

1,158

21,028

$1,079,025,000

Wholesale trade

1,070,

21,235

$4,133,574,000

Information (processing data, distributing information)

668

47,903

$15,971,195,000

Transportation and warehousing

678

33,417

$2,640,078,000