For the first time in our five-year old study, states are de-emphasizing their cost of doing business—including taxes and utility rates—while placing more emphasis on quality of life and transportation/infrastructure. So we're adjusting our weightings and point system.
Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania can all make a good case for most-improved status, but, as usual, it depends on what metric you value the most.
The 50th state no longer ranks 50th in CNBC's Top States For Business rankings.
Businesses in Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Vermont can rest easy knowing their workers enjoy the best quality of life. Not so for Delaware, Louisiana, and Alabama, which ranked last this year.
For Cost of Living, Southern states offer the best bang for your buck in CNBC’s Top States for Business 2011 study.
Ranking No. 1 for the 5th year running, California surpassed even its own 2010 performance. Yet, tech-savvy runners-up to the Silicon Valley state aren’t that far behind.
Three states made the top ten (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska), while seven made the top 15 (add Kansas, Indiana, North and South Dakota). So much for the Sunbelt.
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|Job||Median Pay||Top Earners||Education|
|Nuclear PowerReactor Operator||$103,000||$142,000||High School Diploma|
|Personal Trainer||$51,400||$141,000||High School Diploma|
|Executive Pastry Chef||$45,100||$102,000||High School Diploma|
|Handyman||$53,300||$104,000||High School Diploma|
|Massage Therapist||$67,600||$141,000||High School Diploma|
|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|