America's Top States For Business 2013


  • Who's living large in Michigan? The governor. Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 1:57 PM ET

    Twenty-two U.S. governors make over $140,500 a year, and they've been investing in some impressive digs. Click ahead to take a peek at the homes of some top-paid governors.

  • Oregon's economy: Slackers need not apply Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 3:25 PM ET
    Portland, Oregon

    Oregon has gained a reputation for being culturally diverse, but its tax structure has made it a challenging place for business.

  • Utah's busy worker bees are on a mission Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 1:44 PM ET
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Utah’s largest industry is health care. It's no secret that Utah has great snow, but why is the business climate so healthy?

  • What you won’t see in a Chris Christie campaign ad Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    New Jersey’s standing in America's Top States for Business has declined since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010. It finishes 42nd this year.

  • Politicians fiddle while America's bridges decay Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Bridge collapse on I-5 near Mount Vernon, Wash., May 23, 2013

    America’s highway bridges are falling apart faster than many states can fix them. And some are making the problem worse.

  • Colorado wants to steal Silicon Valley's start-ups Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 9:09 AM ET

    Colorado is a great place to do business, especially if your company is a start-up. Note to Silicon Valley: Colorado is looking over your shoulder.

  • Why Airbus chose Alabama for A320 assembly line Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 3:17 PM ET

    The chairman of Airbus Americas explains why the aircraft manufacturer chose Mobile as the site of a new A320 assembly line, bringing 1,000 jobs to the state.

  • Biggest losers in the top states rankings Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 9:51 AM ET
    Chicago, Illinois

    New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California fill out the list with the biggest drops in our America's Top States for Business rankings for 2013.

  • Much more to DC's business scene than lobbysists Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 10:23 AM ET
    Washington Monument

    Washington might evoke only images of government offices and monuments, but it is also a business hot spot.

  • Oklahoma 'A-OK' with taking jobs from California Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 11:26 AM ET
    Oklahoma City

    John Steinbeck’s "Grapes of Wrath" told the story of Oklahomans moving to California, but now, Oklahoma is taking jobs from the West Coast. An Oklahoma businessman reveals why.

  • Is 'right to work' law a competitive advantage? Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 12:03 PM ET
    A worker makes denim jeans in Michigan.

    Unions say right-to-work laws infringe on workers’ collective bargaining rights, and proponents call for a federal law as opposed to the current patchwork of state statutes.

  • America’s cheapest states to live in 2013 Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 9:47 AM ET

    The Cost of Living is one of the categories we measure as we rank America's Top States for Business. The lower the cost of living, the higher the score.

  • Minnesota's governor destroying business climate Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 9:53 AM ET

    In this guest blog from Minnesota businessman Dirk Bak, he contends the state's governor and legislature want to destroy the business climate.

  • America's most expensive states to live Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 10:33 AM ET

    The average cost of one item related to home price, a half-gallon of milk, doctor visit, even a pound of ground beef give an idea of prices in the most expensive areas in 10 states.

  • Infographics: Mapping the Top States for Business Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 5:04 PM ET

    How did your state fare on the landscape of America’s Top States for Business 2013? Explore your state’s business highs and lows by clicking on the Top States for Business maps.

  • Chart: How does your state stack up? Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 5:11 PM ET

    How does your state stack up in CNBC's Top States for Business 2013 Report? Click on the chart to find out.

  • Say what? Twitter stumped over Top State for biz Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 12:01 AM ET

    South Dakota is CNBC's Top State for Business in 2013; Twitter users never saw it coming.

  • A happy state can be a healthy state for business Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:30 PM ET

    To determine America's Top States for Business for Quality of Life, we looked at a variety of factors, including crime, health care, local attractions and environmental quality.

  • The Most Improved States for Business 2013 Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:45 PM ET
    An engineer and electrician working in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2013

    More than a couple of states can make a case for most-improved status in the areas of Economy, Infrastructure, Workforce and Business Friendliness.

  • Hawaii: The Worst State for Business in America Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 4:48 PM ET
    Traffic in Hawaii.

    Life's not always a beach in Hawaii: The Aloha State is ranked as America's Worst State for Business in America 2013.


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  • South Dakota is the winner of the annual "America's Top States for Business" study. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the state's economy and its stunning views.

  • CNBC's Scott Cohn reveals how other states fared when it came to their workforce, including a look at education level, retraining programs and union membership.

  • The cost of doing business was one of the key reasons the Mount Rushmore State captured the top ranking as the best state for business, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.