CNBC's Top States For Business 2010 Countdown—Texas Is No. 1

The Lone Star State is alone at the top again.

For the second time in three years, Texas edged out Virginia for the No. 1 spot in CNBC's exclusive study America's Top States for Business.

This time, the score wasn't as close as it was in 2008; Texas managed a total score of 1508, out of a possible 2439, vs. Virginia's 1477.

Texas moved up in three of the ten categories, while finishing first in two of them, including an impressive 270 out of 314 possible points in the Economy one. (See Complete 2010 Rankings.)

The state also captured the No. 1 spot in Transportation & Infrastructure.

Texas made the top ten in three other categories: Technology & Innovation (4),Access to Capital (7) and Cost of Living (8). The five top-ten showings matched last year's total.

Education (30) and Cost of Doing Business(30) remained weak spots.

America's Top States for Business - A CNBC Special Report
America's Top States for Business - A CNBC Special Report

Texas' total score was 30 more than a year ago, when it finished second to Virginia. The state also took the No. 2 spot in 2007.

Complete Rankings: 2009 20082007