Georgia made a dramatic six-spot jump, finishing No. 4 in CNBC's 2011 edition of America's Top States for Business.
The state has made the top five only one other year (2007).
Georgia scored a total of 1513 points, just a point ahead of No. 5 Colorado.
It made the top 10 in Infrastructure & Transportation, Workforce, and Cost of Living categories. But Georgia performed well in these last year as well.
The main reason for the Peach state's improvement was a big jump in its Education score, followed by smaller strides made in the state Economy, the Cost of Doing Business, and Business Friendliness.
On the negative side, the state finished near the bottom 10 in two categories, similar to its 2010 showing.
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