Top States For Business 2011

CNBC's Top States For Business Countdown 2011—Virginia Is No. 1

Virginia takes top honorsin CNBC's 2011 edition of America's Top States for Business, following No.1 finishes in2007 and 2009.

Virginia finished with 1,660 out of a possible 2,500 points, about 80 points ahead of Texas, partly by moving up the rankings in the all-important Cost of Doing Business category.

Once again, Virginia failed to win any of the 10 individual categories, but it did perform well in many of them. 

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  • Virginia ranked No. 2 in one category and made the top 10 in five others. The state ranked no lower than 26th in any one category.

    America's Top States for Business 2011 - A CNBC Special Report

    On the negative side, Virginia slipped in five categories: Economy, Cost of Living, Innovation & Technology, Access to Capital and Cost of Living.

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