How Business-Friendly Is Your State?

Chief Executive’s eighth annual survey of best states to do business shows Another Triumph for Texas
In Chief Executive’s eighth annual survey of CEO opinion of Best and Worst States in which to do business, Texas easily clinched the No. 1 rank, the eighth successive time it has done so. California earns the dubious honor of being ranked dead last for the eighth consecutive year.

This year, 650 business leaders responded to our annual survey, up from 550 in 2011. CEOs were asked to grade states in which they do business among a variety of areas, including tax and regulation, quality of workforce and living environment. The Lone Star State was given high marks foremost for its business-friendly tax and regulatory environment. But its workforce quality, second only to Utah’s, is also highly regarded.

Florida moved up from number three last year to number two.

It is perhaps no coincidence that Texas and Florida have the highest net migration of people to their states from 2001 to 2009. (By contrast, New York and California lost over 1.6 million and 1.5 million in net migration out of the states, respectively, over the same period.)

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  • Kathleen Slover

    Since I have the dubious distinction of living in California, the Democraps just don’t get it! Probably never will. Our state is broke and yet our illustrious leaders make it so darn difficult to do business here! This state is so liberal it is very hard for a hardline conservative to live here.