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America's Top States For Business 2011

2011 OVERALL RANKINGS


2011 Results

FEATURED STORIES

SLIDESHOWS

  • Homes of Governors Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    What happens to the homes of heads of states when governors move on from their governor's mansions? More than one ex-governor's house (including one featured in the following slides) has enjoyed a second career as a wedding and events venue. A handful of them have been converted to bed and breakfast guest houses (including one featured in the following slides). And a whole lot of them simply continue to serve as residences for future, less gubernatorial families. Among the aforementioned governo

    What happens to the homes of heads of states when governors move on from their governor's mansions? Click to find out!

  • Biggest Jobless Rate Declines Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:26 PM ET
    There’s growing impatience about subpar job creation as well as stubbornly high unemployment, even as the economy recovers.  After months of improvement, the national jobless rate has moved sideways recently, stuck around 9 percent.On a state level, the picture is mixed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 42 states and the District of Columbia reported jobless rate decreases between May 2010 and April 2011. Only five states registered increases, while there were three unchanged. More t

    There’s growing impatience about subpar job creation as well as stubbornly high unemployment. Here are the ten biggest annual declines and the states in which they took place.

  • The Most Expensive States To Live In 2011 Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 3:02 PM ET
    You won’t get more for your money in these ten states. With the launch of CNBC's fifth 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. In the CNBC study, states are ranked using a 50-point scale—the lower the score, the higher the cost of living, and vice versa. Interestingly enough, some of the states with the highest cost of living also had some of the highest scores in the quality-of

    So, which states have the highest cost of living? You won’t get more for your money in these ten states.

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Personal Trainer $51,400 $141,000 High School Diploma
Executive Pastry Chef $45,100 $102,000 High School Diploma
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Top States 2011: Virginia

Category Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank Cost of Doing Business 196 21 26 Workforce 227 12 9 Quality of Life 192 26 18 Infrastructure & Transportation 217 10 12 Economy 186 8 11 Education 177 6 13 Technology & Innovation 172 11 10 Business Friendliness 184 2 2 Access to Capital 82 10 9 Cost of Living 27 24 27 OVERALL 1660 1 2

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