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CNBC’s 2018 Ranking Of America’s Top States For Business

When it comes to business, the state of Texas ranked No.1 in the U.S., according to CNBC’s top states for business rankings for 2018. You did it, y’all.

Since the study began in 2017, Texas has never fallen out of the top 5. Washington was second in the overall business rankings, up from 6th a year ago, followed by Utah, Virginia, and Colorado.

The study rated each state in 10 categories of competitiveness including cost of doing business; business friendliness; access to capital; cost of living; education; economy; technology and innovation; quality of life; infrastructure; and workforce. Texas was among the top 20 for 8 of the categories.

The Top States for Business in the United States, 2018:

1. Texas
2. Washington
3. Utah
4. Virginia
5. Colorado
6. Minnesota
7. Georgia
8. Massachusetts
9. North Carolina
10. Florida

11. Michigan
11. Idaho
13. Tennessee
14. Nebraska
15. Ohio
16. Indiana
17. Wisconsin
18. Iowa
19. Oregon
20. Arizona

20. South Dakota
22. Pennsylvania
23. Missouri
24. New Hampshire
25. California
26. Wyoming
27. New York
28. Illinois
29. North Dakota
30. South Carolina

31. Maryland
32. Vermont
33. Nevada
34. Montana
35. Kansas
36. New Jersey
37. Connecticut
38. Delaware
39. Oklahoma
40. Arkansas

41. Alabama
42. Kentucky
43. New Mexico
44. Louisiana
45. Rhode Island
45. Maine
47. Hawaii
48. West Virginia
49. Mississippi
50. Alaska

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Aimee Lee Webber
Editorial Aide/Reporter at The CEOWORLD magazine. Nationally Syndicated Advice Columnist. Generally prefer dogs to humans. Loves dragons. New Yorker.