America's Top States for Business in 2019

A scorecard on state economic climate

To rank CNBC's 2019 America's Top States for Business, we put all 50 states through a rigorous test and graded them based on more than 60 measures of competitiveness in 10 broad categories. Each category is weighted according to how frequently states use them as a selling point in economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the attributes they use to sell themselves. CNBC's criteria was developed with guidance from a diverse array of business and policy experts and official government sources, along with input from the states themselves. And our metrics are based on publicly available data from a variety of sources. As in years past, some states tied in several categories. Learn more about our categories and methodology here.

Full 2019 Top States coverage

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

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