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America's Top States For Business 2011

Top States 2011: Overall Rankings

We scored all 50 states on 43 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Then, we separated those metrics into ten broad categories, weighting the categories based on how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.

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