Spend a decade or so evaluating the states and you begin to notice some patterns — states that perform consistently well in good times and bad, and states so competitive, businesses can't afford to ignore them.
In honor of our 10th annual America's Top States for Business study, we decided to put those apparent patterns to the test by calculating the cumulative scores of all 50 states, both overall and in each of our 10 categories of competitiveness. Under our methodology, those categories have remained constant since our first study in 2007; only the weights of the categories have shifted to reflect the changing competitive landscape.
So this analysis represents some 30,000 pieces of data and a possible 1.25 million Top States points across 50 states over 10 years. Perform well here and you have truly earned the title we're calling "Top of the Tops."