America's Top States for Business 2021

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To rank America's Top States for Business in 2021, CNBC scored all 50 states on 85 metrics in 10 broad categories of competitiveness. Each category is weighted based on how frequently states use them as a selling point in economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the attributes they use to sell themselves. We developed our criteria and metrics in consultation with a diverse array of business and policy experts, and the states. Our study is not an opinion survey. We use data from a variety of sources to measure the states' performance. Under our methodology, states can earn a maximum of 2,500 points. The states with the most are America's Top States for Business.

America's Top States for Business 2021

OVERALL State Cost of Doing Business Infrastructure Life, Health & Inclusion Workforce Economy Business Friendliness Access to Capital Technology & Innovation Education Cost of Living
1 Virginia 26 24 11 3 13 11 9 16 2 32
2 North Carolina 15 21 37 6 4 9 8 10 17 23
3 Utah 22 7 27 17 3 10 17 19 26 26
4 Texas 10 13 49 1 5 32 3 12 33 13
5 Tennessee 8 4 46 25 2 20 14 32 23 8
6 Georgia 29 6 45 8 6 22 10 22 24 8
7 Minnesota 42 12 4 29 18 28 14 4 5 30
8 Colorado 38 22 14 2 9 29 16 6 30 34
9 Washington 36 29 7 7 16 39 11 4 14 38
10 Ohio 2 11 34 38 15 47 7 15 21 14
11 Michigan 16 18 28 28 24 25 20 6 42 11
12 Maryland 43 8 20 10 20 26 18 2 18 44
13 Nebraska 24 33 9 40 7 6 39 37 11 16
14 Massachusetts 49 29 8 9 28 32 6 2 1 46
15 Illinois 29 1 24 19 48 48 3 13 10 21
16 Idaho 13 37 21 30 1 2 45 31 46 19
17 Florida 32 5 40 12 11 37 5 28 27 28
18 North Dakota 18 17 3 38 34 3 47 42 13 25
19 Indiana 9 3 41 43 21 12 24 25 36 10
20 Iowa 13 35 5 37 26 34 36 23 20 12
21 Wisconsin 19 27 31 36 31 23 21 16 8 23
22 New York 41 13 18 19 12 49 2 9 8 49
23 Pennsylvania 28 13 33 22 41 39 12 14 5 33
24 Connecticut 45 18 24 15 32 8 18 8 11 43
25 Missouri 5 25 47 45 10 23 22 24 22 5
26 New Jersey 44 16 10 11 39 42 12 20 3 41
27 Delaware 34 8 35 14 8 13 38 20 39 35
28 Kansas 16 22 32 32 43 15 29 34 16 2
29 South Dakota 12 48 15 47 17 1 34 46 18 28
30 Arizona 37 8 50 5 14 7 26 27 41 31
31 Alabama 22 32 44 35 29 19 25 33 34 6
32 Oklahoma 1 34 36 32 40 18 27 45 50 3
33 California 47 27 26 4 27 50 1 1 36 48
34 Montana 20 43 17 48 18 5 41 35 28 27
35 Oregon 33 26 16 19 29 44 28 10 31 47
36 Wyoming 25 29 22 34 43 4 49 40 15 20
37 New Hampshire 35 45 11 30 37 13 40 18 4 36
38 New Mexico 11 47 30 13 46 38 31 30 48 7
39 South Carolina 31 36 39 16 21 27 30 36 36 22
40 Nevada 27 2 47 24 23 16 35 50 49 37
41 Kentucky 6 20 29 45 45 41 32 38 34 18
42 Vermont 38 46 1 50 33 31 49 26 5 40
43 Arkansas 4 43 43 42 24 34 37 42 43 4
44 Louisiana 3 40 42 25 50 45 23 47 40 17
45 Mississippi 7 38 37 41 42 43 32 48 43 1
46 Rhode Island 46 42 13 23 36 30 41 28 28 42
47 West Virginia 21 41 22 44 35 46 47 49 45 15
48 Maine 40 50 5 49 37 21 41 42 24 39
49 Hawaii 50 39 2 18 49 36 41 41 31 50
50 Alaska 48 49 19 27 47 16 46 39 47 45

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