America’s Top States for Business 2018

This year some states were tied.

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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 Council, YPO 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

Infrastructure

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

95

Washington

2

305

196

162

245

225

166

131

69

81

81

Utah

3

265

$246

$198

251

206

133

87

103

64

64

Virginia

4

304

$207

$161

208

190

141

147

116

77

77

Colorado

5

295

$197

142

228

213

164

132

95

81

81

Minnesota

6

$253

255

131

180

252

167

148

72

68

68

Georgia

7

$296

263

155

251

138

126

96

84

83

83

Massachusetts

8

312

168

106

206

209

179

166

93

85

85

North Carolina

9

$281

206

222

238

145

153

80

83

82

82

Florida

10

229

$247

$172

227

164

164

84

97

91

91

Idaho

11

$227

203

247

241

204

95

70

130

41

41

Michigan

11

278

$218

$213

186

136

173

97

77

71

71

Tennessee

13

$229

259

223

232

96

109

88

112

60

60

Nebraska

14

238

$197

$255

128

208

104

149

103

31

31

Ohio

15

$234

261

228

153

128

137

124

57

75

75

Indiana

16

189

279

245

175

100

114

85

126

58

58

Wisconsin

17

$238

204

204

177

163

132

126

82

50

50

Iowa

18

$191

203

244

132

214

116

129

101

29

29

Oregon

19

241

$200

$163

211

193

149

96

54

62

62

Arizona

20

285

226

127

219

126

123

46

105

62

62

South Dakota

20

$225

177

239

148

194

65

123

144

11

11

Pennsylvania

22

257

185

184

116

134

151

145

71

86

86

Missouri

23

188

238

241

151

101

125

121

73

61

61

New Hampshire

24

241

123

124

161

225

116

157

146

24

24

California

25

261

203

74

216

183

181

89

8

100

100

Wyoming

26

238

231

207

141

189

50

112

108

9

9

New York

27

224

158

110

156

202

172

149

24

97

97

Illinois

28

234

$205

$175

115

143

152

122

26

91

91

North Dakota

29

225

$227

$175

105

233

63

108

115

10

10

South Carolina

30

239

189

217

182

111

104

101

72

43

43

Maryland

31

287

157

99

169

152

155

113

64

70

70

Vermont

32

169

193

157

143

268

119

136

68

6

6

Nevada

33

194

247

250

204

122

57

41

92

45

45

Montana

34

$180

$193

227

132

214

75

104

85

28

28

Kansas

35

193

$227

$177

84

145

110

121

110

27

27

New Jersey

36

244

164

59

138

194

134

145

33

82

82

Connecticut

37

253

$150

$88

94

176

136

141

74

64

64

Delaware

38

256

189

122

151

123

120

101

72

28

28

Oklahoma

39

186

201

229

136

106

74

46

113

30

30

Arkansas

40

186

231

257

127

81

57

66

53

29

29

Alabama

41

196

218

179

128

87

97

53

63

39

39

Kentucky

42

129

251

233

89

124

86

76

27

39

39

New Mexico

43

208

223

188

90

113

83

58

44

31

31

Louisiana

44

201

177

243

123

82

61

55

46

44

44

Maine

45

108

140

177

110

195

76

111

67

39

39

Rhode Island

45

254

100

105

144

148

100

103

54

19

19

Hawaii

47

$148

$173

70

134

264

63

94

37

22

22

West Virginia

48

$168

157

230

129

124

49

69

22

9

9

Mississippi

49

188

172

203

55

111

58

65

28

19

19

Alaska

50

215

$192

$83

39

158

60

56

102

6

6