America’s Top States for Business 2018

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America’s Top States for Business 2018 – TEXAS

CNBC scored all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO CouncilYPO and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves. This year some states were tied. Learn more about our categories and methodology.

Full 2018 Top States coverage

State
Overall
Workforce
Infra-structure
Cost of Doing Business
Economy
Quality of Life
Technology and Innovation
Education
Business Friendliness
Access to Capital
Cost of Living
Texas 1 286 288 216 263 142 157 80 84 95 40
Washington 2 305 196 162 245 225 166 131 69 81 14
Utah 3 265 246 198 251 206 133 87 103 64 29
Virginia 4 304 207 161 208 190 141 147 116 77 18
Colorado 5 295 197 142 228 213 164 132 95 81 17
Minnesota 6 253 255 131 180 252 167 148 72 68 22
Georgia 7 296 263 155 251 138 126 96 84 83 42
Massachusetts 8 312 168 106 206 209 179 166 93 85 3
North Carolina 9 281 206 222 238 145 153 80 83 82 33
Florida 10 229 247 172 227 164 164 84 97 91 25
Idaho 11 227 203 247 241 204 95 70 130 41 38
Michigan 11 278 218 213 186 136 173 97 77 71 47
Tennessee 13 229 259 223 232 96 109 88 112 60 46
Nebraska 14 238 197 255 128 208 104 149 103 31 36
Ohio 15 234 261 228 153 128 137 124 57 75 37
Indiana 16 189 279 245 175 100 114 85 126 58 41
Wisconsin 17 238 204 204 177 163 132 126 82 50 27
Iowa 18 191 203 244 132 214 116 129 101 29 39
Oregon 19 241 200 163 211 193 149 96 54 62 6
Arizona 20 285 226 127 219 126 123 46 105 62 31
South Dakota 20 225 177 239 148 194 65 123 144 11 24
Pennsylvania 22 257 185 184 116 134 151 145 71 86 19
Missouri 23 188 238 241 151 101 125 121 73 61 45
New Hampshire 24 241 123 124 161 225 116 157 146 24 12
California 25 261 203 74 216 183 181 89 8 100 2
Wyoming 26 238 231 207 141 189 50 112 108 9 31
New York 27 224 158 110 156 202 172 149 24 97 4
Illinois 28 234 205 175 115 143 152 122 26 91 26
North Dakota 29 225 227 175 105 233 63 108 115 10 22
South Carolina 30 239 189 217 182 111 104 101 72 43 24
Maryland 31 287 157 99 169 152 155 113 64 70 7
Vermont 32 169 193 157 143 268 119 136 68 6 11
Nevada 33 194 247 250 204 122 57 41 92 45 15
Montana 34 180 193 227 132 214 75 104 85 28 20
Kansas 35 193 227 177 84 145 110 121 110 27 44
New Jersey 36 244 164 59 138 194 134 145 33 82 10
Connecticut 37 253 150 88 94 176 136 141 74 64 8
Delaware 38 256 189 122 151 123 120 101 72 28 16
Oklahoma 39 186 201 229 136 106 74 46 113 30 48
Arkansas 40 186 231 257 127 81 57 66 53 29 49
Alabama 41 196 218 179 128 87 97 53 63 39 43
Kentucky 42 129 251 233 89 124 86 76 27 39 35
New Mexico 43 208 223 188 90 113 83 58 44 31 32
Louisiana 44 201 177 243 123 82 61 55 46 44 34
Maine 45 108 140 177 110 195 76 111 67 39 13
Rhode Island 45 254 100 105 144 148 100 103 54 19 9
Hawaii 47 148 173 70 134 264 63 94 37 22 1
West Virginia 48 168 157 230 129 124 49 69 22 9 28
Mississippi 49 188 172 203 55 111 58 65 28 19 50
Alaska 50 215 192 83 39 158 60 56 102 6 5

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