CNBC's Top States For Business 2010—Top-Five Countdown
The odds are a lot better than any state lottery. One in 50 to win.
So, get ready for the top-five countdown of "America's Top States For Business" on CNBC Tuesday, July 13.
Based on previous years, the winner won't be the only surprise. There's been plenty of movement within the top five thus far with each year providing at least one new member.
- Complete 2010 Rankings
Beginning with that report, Cohn will reveal one of the top-five states roughly every two ours on a CNBC program, while CNBC.com tracks the progress on the home page.
We'll be giving you hints on the air and in this space for each of the five states before we reveal them. Once the identity is known, we'll explain the connection. Be advised, though; the hints are just a couple, few words and they're not easy.
The Bay State moves up from No. 8 in 2009. In piling up 1375 points this year, Massachusetts finished first in one category, second in another and third in yet one more. The state also just missed the top five in a fourth individual category. (Watch the video.)
As for that hint (Big Hill) we gave you? While Massachusetts is known as the Bay State, its name comes from an Algonquian word that loosely means "a big hill place."
No. 4—North Carolina
The Tar Heel State is arguably the most improved of the top-five states in 2010, moving from No. 9 to No. 4, with a total score of 1381 points.
The state has now made the top ten in each of CNBC's four America's Top States For Business surveys.
North Carolina made the top five in one individual category and the top ten in two others.
The Wright brothers made their first succesful flight from a makeshift runway near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. It was quite a project. Thus the hint, project runway.
The Centennial State takes the No. 3 spot for the second year in a row, and also improves its overall score by about 50 points (1456).
Colorado moved up from its 2009 rankings in six of the ten categories, including Workforce, Business Friendliness and Quality of Life.
The state, however slipped in the big-point category, Cost of Doing Business, as well as four others.
Colorado, by the way, containes 75 percent of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet. That's the connection to the hint about looking down at you.
They'll be no repeat for Virginia; No. 2 will have to do.