America's Top States for Business 2014

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  • Tesoro's oil refinery in Los Angeles

    Oil's drop in price is affecting states across the country in different ways, but Alaska's hit has been the hardest.

  • SmartShape Design industrial designers at work.

    The loss of manufacturing has crushed rust belt cities like Cleveland, but a medical renaissance has helped city businesses to rebound.

  • The Cleveland Clinic

    Ohio's economy is on the upswing and unemployment is down. But that could change because of pressure on the health sector due to Obamacare.

  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal steps away from the podium after speaking at a press conference, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Atlanta.

    High unemployment rates are hurting incumbent Republican governors running for office in Georgia, Wisconsin and Florida. Voters want jobs.

  • Tallinn, Estonia

    A new OECD study compares the well-being in U.S. states with other regions around the world.

  • Tesla Model S

    Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla's $5 billion factory to the Silver State.

  • A charging station at the company's booth during the 2014 North American International Auto Show Detroit.

    Nevada makes some big claims about its bet on Tesla's battery plant paying off for the state and its workforce. Critics are skeptical.

  • A butte along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway, Colorado

    Looking at metrics like traffic safety, costs and scenery, social media site WalletHub ranks top states for summer road trip friendliness.

  • Georgia slices up the competition in America's Top States for Business 2014, signaling a shift back to the Sun Belt from the energy boomers.

  • We try to stay out of politics in our annual rankings, but in an election year, with 36 states choosing governors, that is next to impossible.

  • CNBC's eighth annual study once again puts all 50 states to the test, measuring them on 56 different metrics of competitiveness.

  • Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez.

    The rise and fall of states on CNBC's Top States for Business ranking is a reflection of economic trends. The biggest Cinderella story: Nevada.

  • Why Georgia is CNBC's top state for business

    Georgia was named CNBC's "America's Top State for Business." Gov. Nathan Deal, (R-Ga.), discusses doing business in the Peach State and explains how government created the environment for the private sector to create jobs.

  • Entrepreneurs have 50 options when it comes to forming a business, and some states do more than others when it comes to making their pitch.

  • Downtown Detroit

    If you call one of these 10 states home, your home has plenty of room for improvement, from crime to health care and the environment.

  • Victorian houses with San Francisco skyline.

    Here's a list of the most expensive states to live in, as ranked by CNBC, based on metrics such as average home, food and energy prices.

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