How does your state stack up?

Each state wends a unique path to its spot in our rankings. Our exclusive formula scores all 50 states on 56 metrics in 10 categories of competitiveness. The categories are weighted based on how frequently states use them as a selling point in their economic development marketing materials. That way, we use hard data to measure whether states live up to their claims. Rollover the bar chart to see how each state scores on our key metrics.

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