More than a couple states can make a case for most-improved status in CNBC’s 2010 edition of America’s Top States For Business.
On the basis of rankings alone,North Carolina is definitely the most-improved state because it cracked the top five, moving up to No. 4 from the ninth spot in 2009.
But improvement is relative.
Is Texas, the overall winner in 2010, also the most-improved state because its score was higher than it was a year ago as well as that of the 2009 winner, Virginia?
Pennsylvania can also lay claim to the distinction because it moved up the most spots (13) in 2010, from Nos. 33 to 20.
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New York, however, increased its total score the most of any state, 126 points, from 1039 to 1165.
And if you combine the two measures, New York again looks like a winner because it moved up 12 spots, from 36 to 24. Unfortunately so does Pennsylvania, which improved its score by 117 points.
So, we may be left with a tie and a raging debate.
What may be more telling is the common ground amid all this improvement.
It’s The Economy
The big driver is the Economy category (worth 314 of the 2439 total points).
New York vaulted from 20 to 2, scoring 202 out of 314 possible points. Pennsylvania doubled its 2009 score of 75 to 150 in moving from 37 to 15.