CNBC's Top States For Business 2010—Top-Five Countdown
Virginia finished with 1,477 out of a possible 2,439 points, about 30 points behind the winner (to be announced in about an hour's time on Closing Bell).
As usual, so we can no longer say oddly, Virginia failed to win any of the ten individual categories. Few states, however, can boast of making the top 15, never mind the top 10, in so many categories.
On the negative side, Virginia finished in the bottom half in two categories: Cost of Doing Business and Cost of Living.
Virginia has been a business powerhouse for two centuries, which explains our clue about the reaper. Cyrus H. McCormick revolutionized agriculture with the invention of the reaper in Virginia, patented in 1834 (he moved his company to Chicago in 1847).
The Lone Star State is alone at the top again.
For the second time in three years, Texas edged out Virginia, with a total score of 1508.
Texas moved up in three of the ten categories, while finishing first in two of them, including an impressive 270 out of 314 possible points in the Economy one.
The state also captured the No. 1-spot in Transportation & Infrastructure.
Texas is also the nation's top farm state, which explains our final hint. It has the largest number of farms, 247,437; and the most farmland, 130.4 million acres.
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