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America's Top States For Business

Top States 2013: Overall Rankings

We scored all 50 states on 51 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.

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Overall Ranking

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

Correction:
This chart briefly displayed incorrect data. It has now been corrected.