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America's Top States For Business 2010

OVERALL RANKINGS

Top Five
1. Texas
2. Virginia
3.Colorado
4. North Carolina
5. Massachusetts

Bottom Five
50. Alaska
49. Rhode Island
48. Hawaii
47. Nevada
46. West Virginia

2010 Results

FEATURED STORIES

SLIDESHOWS

  • States With the Highest Cost of Living Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 4:31 PM ET
    You won’t get more for your money in these ten states. 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 based on the rankings of the the study's cost-of-living category. In the CNBC study, states are ranked using a 25-point scale—the lower the score, the higher the cost of living, and vice versa. Interestingly enough, some of these states also had some of t

    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.

  • States With the Highest Unemployment Rates Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 10:58 AM ET

    Nationally, unemployment was at 9.8 percent in November. Click to see if your state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

  • The Worst 2011 State Budget Gaps Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 | 12:26 PM ET
    The economic crisis has taken a toll on nearly every corner of the American economy, including the financial position of most US states. With shrinking tax revenues, some states are considering drastic measures to balance their budget. In the most recent state budget report from the (NCSL), the highest estimates for the 2011 budget gap demonstrate how bad the situation could get in the coming year. In order to close their 2010 budget gaps, most US states have been forced to cut spending, increas

    So, which states are potentially facing the worst 2010 budget gaps? Here are the 15 that are expecting the toughest road ahead.

  • States Most In Need of an eCommerce Sales Tax Friday, 14 May 2010 | 11:56 AM ET
    In the wake of the recession, unprecedented budget gaps are pushing state governments to make difficult reductions in spending - from education cuts and worker furloughs to state-wide "garage sales" - to make up for revenue shortfalls. One point of contention is how cross-border sales taxes are collected. In some states, if a retailer sells merchandise via their website or catalog, but has no physical presence in the state, no sales tax is collected. Recently, the National Conference of State Le

    In this environment, which states stand to collect the most from a cross-border sales tax, relative to their budget gaps? Click ahead to find out!

  • America's Healthiest and Sickest States Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 10:48 AM ET
    Health care is one of the hottest topics both in Washington and around the country, but there is no question that the level of health varies greatly from state to state.Which US states have the healthiest populations and most robust health care systems? Which states lag behind? To help answer this question,  compiles data on all 50 states - employing a methodology that encompasses everything from public policy and clinical care to resident behaviors, community and the environment - to develop a

    Which US states have the healthiest populations and most robust health care systems? Which states lag behind? Find out now!

  • The Unhappiest States in America Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 4:38 PM ET
    As it turns out, some of the highest income states are among the unhappiest, according to a recent study by economists Andrew J. Oswald and Stephen Wu, of the University of Warwick and Hamilton College, respectively.

    As it turns out, some of the highest income states are among the unhappiest, according to a recent study. So, what are the 10 unhappiest states in the US?

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