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The odds are a lot better than any state lottery. One in 50 to win. And this year brought its share of surprises--even in the top five.
The tech and innovation category carry weight in the rankings. Here's what it takes to be #1.
More than a couple states can make a case for most-improved status in 2010.
The results don't reflect well on the home states of these leaders, regardless of their politics.
With the launch of CNBC's fourth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states.
The Lone Star State edged out last year's winner, Virginia, for the top spot, managing a score of 1508, out of a possible 2439.
The Lone Star State is No. 1 again, edging out Virginia for the second time in three years, while posting the highest overall score in the history of our study.
In ranking the states, we scored all 50 on more than 40 measures of competitiveness, which were then separated into ten broad categories, such as cost of doing business, workforce and quality of life.
Okay. As countdowns go, it may not be as exciting as a Space Shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral or as colorful as a Miss America context, but following the top-five countdown of America's top states for business has its share of suspense.
The state drops down one spot after making the top of the list a year ago.
The Mountain State moves up from its 2009 rankings in six of the ten categories, including workforce and quality of life.
The Tar Heel State is one of the most improved, seeing its ranking jump from No. 9 in 2009 to No. 4 this year .
The Bay State moves into the top five for the first time, piling up 1375 points.
Attracting business—and jobs—is a high priority in every state. But in an anemic economy where jobs are in short supply, attracting business today is a matter of economic survival. Our fourth annual study of America's Top States for Business puts all 50 states to the test, measuring them on 40 different metrics in ten key categories of competitiveness.
Cities and states across the country are working hard to overcome the double whammy of an economic slump and a fiscal budget crunch. We decided to add some perspective to our massive study by taking a look at development and job creation plans on the local level. For that, we solicited reports, or local views, from TV stations under the NBC umbrella.
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