Making Sense of the Inc 5000

Every year, Inc. releases its popular list of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies. The list started as the Inc. 100 back in 1979, but has grown to more than 5k listings in recent decades.

When companies are featured on “the 5000,” they often see sales spike and press mentions pick up, but what does the list mean for the rest of us? We decided to find out.

We broke down all 5,000 rows of data to discover what cloth these companies were cut from. Our analysis allows you to pick your own adventure: filter the data based on your own needs, or glean insight from the learnings we’ve laid out in 2019 and 2020