America's Top States For Business 2011

2011 OVERALL RANKINGS


2011 Results

FEATURED STORIES

SLIDESHOWS

  • 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!

  • 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
    By: by Jennifer Leigh Parker

    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.

  • 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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    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

    Top States 2011: Virginia

      Category
      Score
      2011 Rank
      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
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