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America's Top States for Business 2017

CNBC.com

We score all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council, YPO and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves. This year some states were tied. Learn more about our categories and methodology.

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State OVERALL Workforce Infra-structure Cost of Doing Business Economy Quality of Life Technology and Innovation Education Business Friendliness Access to Capital Cost of Living
Washington 1532323531931837
Georgia23426128233319914
Minnesota31610366352331631
Texas41115253711342439
North Carolina5720915286328919
Colorado 642838131471281232
Virginia7225352017161371328
Utah8189244201834161817
Tennessee9192654230374237
Massachusetts106414514101120747
Michigan1113192493392325173
Florida1222730224284017427
Nebraska13202613271033564113
Indiana143532104526298242
Iowa15422310219259113015
Ohio163152217401515371418
Oregon1730202810121427412239
New Hampshire1814493922621813230
North Dakota19121729404391344726
Idaho2033321181836443416
Wisconsin2128262228241715272524
Missouri2243111718462215232011
Pennsylvania232138343430101028534
South Dakota243937142214412523434
Maryland25114348726425331544
Arizona267143719312449141825
Wyoming2717142643164011135015
California28102249222122850148
South Carolina2923301615363540292829
Montana304430113583722263530
Illinois312424304527122447521
New Jersey32264645311318442941
Connecticut33747434123133322045
Kansas343312214635311815368
Kentucky35476329413830442710
Vermont35452941372297304643
Alabama373618726503147332912
New York3839454733198545249
Nevada394181810345050182636
Delaware4015364039371836223833
Arkansas41371273247483839324
New Mexico4232161944422745453822
Oklahoma433832204248444312365
Louisiana442839449494748403120
Rhode Island4527504329313420374442
Maine465048