Top States for Business

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The war between the states for business and jobs has never been more intense. Nor has it ever been more complicated, thanks to worker shortages, immigration crackdowns, trade tensions and tax reforms. Then there are this November’s elections, with 36 states choosing governors. But what gives some states the edge and leaves others bringing up the rear? America’s Top States for Business will put it all in perspective.

Every year since 2007, CNBC’s exclusive study has ranked all 50 states based on their scores in ten categories of competitiveness. This year’s study subjects the states to 64 metrics across those categories. The tried and true methodology rates the states based on the attributes that matter most to business. To do that, we scour every state’s economic development marketing materials to see what they are pitching to business. The more frequently a selling point appears, the more weight it carries in the study.