2014 Best & Worst States For Business from Elaine Golden-Gealer

In Chief Executive’s tenth annual survey of CEO opinion of Best and Worst States in which to do business, Texas continues its 10-year historical position as the best state overall; but Florida, which ranks No. 2, is edging up and even overtaking Texas in its quality of living environment.

2014 Best & Worst States for Business State Rankings

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2014 Rank State 2013 Rank 1 Year Change
1 Texas 1 0
2 Florida 2 0
3 Tennessee 4 1
4 North Carolina 3 -1
5 South Carolina 8 3
6 Indiana 5 -1
7 Arizona 6 -1
8 Nevada 9 1
9 Louisiana 11 2
10 Georgia 10 0
11 Virginia 7 -4
12 North Dakota 15 3
13 Utah 12 -1
14 Wisconsin 17 3
15 South Dakota 18 3
16 Colorado 13 -3
17 Alabama 16 -1
18 Wyoming 20 2
19 Iowa 23 4
20 Oklahoma 14 -6
21 Nebraska 25 4
22 Missouri 31 9
23 Delaware 27 4
24 New Hampshire 26 2
25 Kentucky 29 4
26 Kansas 19 -7
27 Ohio 22 -5
28 Idaho 21 -7
29 Arkansas 28 -1
30 New Mexico 32 2
31 Montana 24 -7
32 Alaska 33 1
33 Washington 36 3
34 Minnesota 30 -4
35 West Virginia 34 -1
36 Maine 35 -1
37 Mississippi 38 1
38 Oregon 40 2
39 Vermont 39 0
40 Rhode Island 37 -3
41 Maryland 41 0
42 Pennsylvania 42 0
43 Hawaii 43 0
44 Connecticut 45 1
45 Michigan 44 -1
46 Massachusetts 47 1
47 New Jersey 46 -1
48 Illinois 48 0
49 New York 49 0
50 California 50 0

Elaine
DRE #00598428
Senior Director, Coldwell Banker New Homes Division
With over 200 condominium, townhome and loft projects successfully marketed
“Fewer properties for sale with such remarkably low interest rates make it a great time to sell but a more difficult time to buy”

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