Top States 2013: Overall Rankings

Key Points

We scored all 50 states on 51 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Then, we separated those metrics into ten broad categories, weighting the categories based on how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves. 

Overall Ranking

Overall Rank State Cost of Doing Business Economy Infrastructure Workforce Quality of Life Technology & Innovation Business Friendliness Education Cost of Living Access to Capital
1"South Dakota"1619117482302639
2"Texas"351111412201093
3"North Dakota"122285466363029
4"Nebraska"1041623436330539
5"Utah"211021192123439117
5"Virginia"38102161812682013
7"Colorado"377231015817153211
8"Georgia"28191813217148145
9"Wyoming"91591611478202739
10"Idaho"73120141637533339
11"Iowa"135284014309151631
12"North Carolina"3213313301018152015
13"Tennessee"1492549251845227
14"Kansas"272141724291215735
15"Minnesota"391083231815233417
16"Massachusetts"4734028137217431
17"Oregon"3616133981425263811
18"Indiana"263252739241013625
19"Montana"5191234124043233039
20"Arizona"3143102291916493533
21"Washington"442431241042328367
22"Wisconsin"28341740191924132821
23"South Carolina"835159412634361919
24"Arkansas"41834740384315737
25"Oklahoma"224252545352848137
26"Missouri"1917548472229201123
27"New Hampshire"184345339271324015
28"Ohio"23221147441633121417
29"Michigan"33262515431232321823
30"Florida"4038294281135282927
31"Delaware"2427393034391343714
32"Vermont"228484924031114131
33"Alabama"6402725453437361339
33"New Mexico"15302338263247462529
35"New York"49144245221302473
36"Kentucky"1742143138313743339
37"Illinois"444552930536222325
38"Maine"1646444353227273933
39"Pennsylvania"44293344335416335
40"Maryland"41334620259452429
41"Mississippi"3473618374449471039
42"New Jersey"424843212315411469
43"Louisiana"10354122502839402035
44"Alaska"25233836355010354939
45"Connecticut"4339493717212654819
46"Nevada"30503013474222501739
47"California"503534342724843451
48"West Virginia"19273750364950422439
49"Rhode Island"34494742204246234421
50"Hawaii"4841504514540405039

Correction:
This chart briefly displayed incorrect data. It has now been corrected.