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America's Top States for Business 2016

A scorecard on state economic climate

We score all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves. This year some states were tied. Learn more about our categories and methodology.

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Overall
State
Workforce
Cost of Doing Business
Infra-structure
Economy
Quality of Life
Technology and Innovation
Education
Business Friendliness
Cost of Living
Access to Capital
1 Utah 12 19 13 3 13 16 23 10 22 24
2 Texas 8 23 2 1 37 10 40 18 21 7
3 Colorado 1 37 29 2 12 8 25 9 32 8
4 Minnesota 15 35 5 17 2 9 2 27 27 21
5 North Carolina 9 18 30 11 30 7 28 15 18 2
6 Washington 11 30 39 6 8 1 24 30 37 10
7 Michigan 29 12 27 7 32 6 19 30 10 4
8 Georgia 7 31 4 9 37 13 33 14 17 6
9 Iowa 37 2 16 29 9 23 17 15 12 40
10 Florida 14 32 10 4 26 17 26 22 28 14
11 Nebraska 19 15 20 19 18 31 9 7 15 31
12 North Dakota 4 29 6 26 7 44 14 4 26 33
13 Virginia 3 36 32 30 16 15 5 3 30 15
13 Wyoming 6 21 12 14 11 48 3 21 29 50
15 Idaho 28 6 25 12 20 34 49 5 7 22
16 Indiana 36 1 1 20 45 26 29 13 8 18
17 Oregon 31 27 37 5 6 14 34 38 36 22
18 Tennessee 22 10 2 21 46 24 40 6 5 17
19 South Dakota 32 4 28 33 14 44 21 2 20 32
20 Massachusetts 2 46 42 18 17 3 1 20 44 19
21 Ohio 43 15 7 22 34 21 13 37 9 9
22 Montana 45 8 24 13 10 40 27 23 24 40
23 Wisconsin 26 28 19 31 15 19 11 36 23 13
24 Illinois 16 24 16 34 35 11 4 48 34 1
25 Arizona 5 40 16 15 32 22 47 8 31 28
26 New Hampshire 26 39 49 16 4 29 11 1 42 43
27 South Carolina 20 19 21 24 31 32 42 27 19 29
28 Kansas 30 26 8 39 37 28 9 19 16 42
29 New York 35 44 43 10 22 4 8 45 49 11
30 Maryland 10 48 44 23 27 5 16 26 38 26
31 Missouri 49 14 9 34 49 25 14 15 11 20
32 California 21 49 33 8 23 2 38 50 47 2
33 Pennsylvania 33 34 35 42 29 12 21 35 35 12
34 New Jersey 16 42 44 36 19 17 6 44 41 5
35 Kentucky 46 5 14 40 42 37 29 41 2 38
36 Vermont 47 43 41 26 3 30 7 30 40 49
37 Delaware 13 38 36 26 28 27 45 11 48 46
38 Alabama 38 17 21 48 43 36 46 30 4 16
39 New Mexico 42 24 14 38 36 33 34 43 25 46
40 Nevada 23 22 11 37 41 42 50 23 33 44
41 Arkansas 34 9 21 32 50 47 36 42 3 39
42 Oklahoma 41 13 26 44 48 43 44 12 6 35
43 Connecticut 18 47 47 43 25 19 18 29 46 25
44 Louisiana 25 7 34 46 47 46 39 40 14 30
45 Alaska 38 41 37 41 20 41 37 25 45 36
46 Maine 50 33 48 49 5 39 31 34 39 27
47 Mississippi 44 3 31 50 44 50 48 47 1 34
47 West Virginia 40 11 39 47 40 49 32 49 13 48
49 Hawaii 48 50 46 25 1 38 43 46 50 37
50 Rhode Island 23 45 50 45 24 35 20 39 43 45

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