America's Top States For Business 2013

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  • Twenty-two U.S. governors make over $140,500 a year, and they've been investing in some impressive digs. Click ahead to take a peek at the homes of some top-paid governors.

  • Portland, Oregon

    Oregon has gained a reputation for being culturally diverse, but its tax structure has made it a challenging place for business.

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Utah’s largest industry is health care. It's no secret that Utah has great snow, but why is the business climate so healthy?

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    New Jersey’s standing in America's Top States for Business has declined since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010. It finishes 42nd this year.

  • Bridge collapse on I-5 near Mount Vernon, Wash., May 23, 2013

    America’s highway bridges are falling apart faster than many states can fix them. And some are making the problem worse.

  • Colorado is a great place to do business, especially if your company is a start-up. Note to Silicon Valley: Colorado is looking over your shoulder.

  • The chairman of Airbus Americas explains why the aircraft manufacturer chose Mobile as the site of a new A320 assembly line, bringing 1,000 jobs to the state.

  • Chicago, Illinois

    New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California fill out the list with the biggest drops in our America's Top States for Business rankings for 2013.

  • Washington Monument

    Washington might evoke only images of government offices and monuments, but it is also a business hot spot.

  • Oklahoma City

    John Steinbeck’s "Grapes of Wrath" told the story of Oklahomans moving to California, but now, Oklahoma is taking jobs from the West Coast. An Oklahoma businessman reveals why.

  • A worker makes denim jeans in Michigan.

    Unions say right-to-work laws infringe on workers’ collective bargaining rights, and proponents call for a federal law as opposed to the current patchwork of state statutes.

  • Grand Island, Nebraska

    The Cost of Living is one of the categories we measure as we rank America's Top States for Business. The lower the cost of living, the higher the score.

  • In this guest blog from Minnesota businessman Dirk Bak, he contends the state's governor and legislature want to destroy the business climate.

  • The average cost of one item related to home price, a half-gallon of milk, doctor visit, even a pound of ground beef give an idea of prices in the most expensive areas in 10 states.

  • How did your state fare on the landscape of America’s Top States for Business 2013? Explore your state’s business highs and lows by clicking on the Top States for Business maps.

  • How does your state stack up in CNBC's Top States for Business 2013 Report? Click on the chart to find out.

 

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