America's Top States for Business 2018

A scorecard on state economic climate

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.

Full 2018 Top States coverage

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
Texas 1 7 1 18 1 31 9 37 21 3 11
Washington 2 2 31 33 4 5 6 12 32 11 37
Utah 3 11 10 23 2 12 19 34 12 18 22
Virginia 4 3 20 34 13 19 15 6 5 13 33
Colorado 5 5 29 37 8 9 7 11 17 11 34
Minnesota 6 16 6 38 18 3 5 5 28 17 29
Georgia 7 4 3 36 2 32 21 29 21 8 9
Massachusetts 8 1 42 43 14 10 2 1 18 7 48
North Carolina 9 9 21 16 6 28 11 37 23 9 18
Florida 10 27 8 31 9 23 7 36 16 4 26
Idaho 11 29 24 4 5 13 35 40 3 29 13
Michigan 11 10 18 19 16 33 3 28 25 15 4
Tennessee 13 27 5 15 7 47 30 33 8 23 5
Nebraska 14 22 29 2 37 11 31 3 12 33 15
Ohio 15 25 4 13 24 35 16 15 37 14 14
Indiana 16 40 2 5 20 46 28 35 4 24 10
Wisconsin 17 22 23 21 19 24 20 14 24 25 24
Iowa 18 39 24 6 34 7 26 13 15 36 12
Oregon 19 19 28 32 12 18 14 29 38 20 45
Arizona 20 8 16 39 10 36 23 48 11 20 20
South Dakota 20 30 38 9 27 16 41 16 2 45 27
Pennsylvania 22 13 37 25 41 34 13 7 31 6 32
Missouri 23 41 11 8 25 45 22 18 27 22 6
New Hampshire 24 19 49 40 22 5 26 2 1 41 39
California 25 12 24 48 11 21 1 32 50 1 49
Wyoming 26 22 12 20 30 20 49 21 10 47 20
New York 27 32 44 42 23 14 4 3 48 2 47
Illinois 28 25 22 29 42 30 12 17 47 4 25
North Dakota 29 30 14 29 44 4 42 23 6 46 29
South Carolina 30 21 35 17 17 42 31 26 28 28 27
Maryland 31 6 45 45 21 26 10 20 35 16 44
Vermont 32 46 32 35 29 1 25 10 33 49 40
Nevada 33 37 8 3 15 40 47 50 19 26 36
Montana 34 45 32 14 34 7 39 24 20 38 31
Kansas 35 38 14 27 48 28 29 18 9 40 7
New Jersey 36 18 43 50 31 16 18 7 44 9 41
Connecticut 37 16 47 46 45 22 17 9 26 18 43
Delaware 38 14 35 41 25 39 24 26 28 38 35
Oklahoma 39 43 27 12 32 44 40 48 7 35 3
Arkansas 40 43 12 1 39 50 47 42 40 36 2
Alabama 41 36 18 26 37 48 34 47 36 30 8
Kentucky 42 49 7 10 47 37 36 39 46 30 16
New Mexico 43 34 17 24 46 41 37 44 42 33 19
Louisiana 44 35 38 7 40 49 44 46 41 27 17
Maine 45 50 48 27 43 15 38 22 34 30 38
Rhode Island 45 15 50 44 28 27 33 25 38 43 42
Hawaii 47 48 40 49 33 2 42 31 43 42 50
West Virginia 48 47 45 11 36 37 50 41 49 47 23
Mississippi 49 41 41 22 49 42 46 43 45 43 1
Alaska 50 33 34 47 50 25 45 45 14 49 46

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