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America's Top States For Business 2012


2012 Results

Featured Stories

  • Utah Moved Up Six Spots to Finish Second
    By: CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 2:29 PM ET

    Utah moved up six spots to finish second in CNBC's sixth annual study,  thanks to high rankings in the categories of workforce, transportation and the cost of doing business.

  • Virginia Drops From First to Third
    By: CNBC.com
    Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    The three-time winner of the study suffered from steep declines in the individual categories of transportation and the cost of doing business. 

  • Categories and Criteria Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 8:08 AM ET

    We score all the states on 51 measures of competitiveness and 10 categories, from the cost of doing business to technology and innovation.

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  • America's Top States for Job Creation 2012
    By: CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 9:46 AM ET
    For many, the economic recovery won’t be real until there’s solid job creation every month. Though the pace of hiring picked up in 2011-2012, recent months have been disappointing. June payroll data released July 6 were no different. The economy created 80,000 jobs during the month, below economists’ forecasts. Still, in the 12 months between CNBC.com’s 2011 and 2012 Top States for Business, the economy has created 1.8 million jobs — by far the most since the 2006-2007 period. A third of the new

    Overall payroll growth remains subpar and disappointing but these states, which include a few surprises, are showing healthy and diverse growth.

  • Most Expensive States to Live in 2012 Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 4:30 PM ET
    Most expensive metro area: Juneau House: $493,167 Movie ticket: $10.50 Rent: $1,437 Doctor visit: $156.42 Gallon of gas: $3.941 T-bone steak: $10.64

    Cost of living may not be among the top criteria for a business, but it can be a big consideration for employees. Look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's 10 most expensive states.

  • America’s Best States to Live in 2012 Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 4:30 PM ET
    The best places to do business are also the best places to live. At least that’s how many states market themselves to the public. CNBC’s Top States for Business study found quality of life is among the most frequently mentioned selling points in state economic development campaigns. That’s why Quality of Life is one of the most important categories in our study of America’s Top States for Business, worth 350 out of 2,500 possible points.Sure, quality of life is in the eye of the beholder. Some p

    Hawaii’s tropical and beautiful, but some of the nation’s coldest states — including the best one in CNBC’s category – make the top in our study.

  • The Top 10 States For Technology Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 4:30 PM ET
    2011 Ranking: 1 2010 Ranking; 1 This year, California lost its reign as the leading state in technology. Home to Silicon Valley and some of the largest technology companies -- Intel, Facebook, Google and Apple – California slipped to the number-three spot this year because of a slowdown in high-tech business formation. The Golden State still claimed the top spot, however, for most patents awarded and the most research grant money. The state also has the top-ranked broadband connectivity.

    As part of our annual study, America’s Top States for Business, we grade states on several criteria in this important category of Technology & Innovation.

  • Homes of Governors 2012 Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 4:29 PM ET
    Last year’s Homes of Governors  featured the homes of governors from the East Coast (Charles Edison, former governor of New Jersey) to the West (Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California); from the distant past (South Carolina’s Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence), and one home that had housed 17 South Dakota governors. This year’s edition includes the homes of contemporary governors as well as one well-known figure from the past who designed his own home. We

    Curious about where your state Governor lives? On this years’ list, we have homes ranging from mansions to relatively modest.

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