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The Best (And Worst) US States For Business In 2019

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Virginia has been recognized as the best US state for business in 2019, according to the experts at CNBC, while Texas and North Carolina placed second and third, respectively. The 2019 rankings placed Utah in fourth ahead of Washington into fifth; while Georgia ranked sixth and Minnesota seventh.

Overall, among the top 10 best US states for business in 2019, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by Nebraska, Colorado, and Ohio. Last year, Virginia ranked number four on the list.

The study ranked all 50 US states based on their scores in 10 categories of competitiveness: workforce; economy; infrastructure; the cost of doing business; quality of life; education; technology and innovation; business friendliness; access to capital; and cost of living.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island has been crowned the worst state in America for business in 2019.

RankUS StatesWorkforceEconomyInfrastructureCost of Doing BusinessQuality of LifeEducationTech And InnovationBusiness FriendlinessAccess to CapitalCost of Living
1Virginia11613351711731532
2Texas4481937391017312
3North Carolina7117213521917619
4Utah183171892021131925
5Washington353932511235938
6Georgia1115528252316161011
7Minnesota1323939337281731
8Nebraska26922515633104117
9Colorado82135377177111134
10Ohio173048341113321315
11Indiana2917144432304219
12Florida1510122924392012430
13Tennessee3255174828237236
14Massachusetts5184847101314647
15Wisconsin2020242026519262523
16Iowa34133210131726243213
17North Dakota24312125494254729
18Idaho422281221473763820
19Kansas21323233521318288
20Arizona212134137472391824
21South Dakota47837221274724527
22Oregon1972231163612432345
23Missouri38247843142227224
24Michigan232433273143622165
25New Hampshire83445405132913537
26Wyoming35271515121549244810
27New York29144442137449248
28Pennsylvania313924303291329628
29Nevada48111115284544172736
30Illinois1245163433331140522
31Maryland635414627235311446
32California101933501730150149
33Montana3740291173439234033
34South Carolina28223024412932352626
35Connecticut1543434320818212043
36New Jersey1440394511415451241
37Alabama3527102249373437306
38Delaware24243138303523333535
39Kentucky404621403136452913
40Vermont5044243621527344540
41New Mexico21272426444537443515
42Arkansas393620350414437333
43Oklahoma4940171346504615302
44Maine45374732191935294239
45West Virginia4433356394250484821
46Louisiana41494213473742393318
47Alaska27384648234941205044
48Mississippi425038642444847421
49Hawaii4647494912640424450
50Rhode Island32485044282527403941

These are the top 10 best US states for business in 2019

The top 10 best US states for business in 2019

These are the top 10 worst US states for business in 2019

The top 10 worst US states for business in 2019


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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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