CNBC top states for business: The winner is . . .
11 Jul 2013
Nebraska cracks our Top Five for the first time, after just missing last year. The Cornhusker State finishes fourth with 1,575 points, up from sixth place last year. Nebraska shines in Business Friendliness, where it finishes third, as well as Economy and Quality of Life, where it comes in fourth. Tax reform has been a major priority in the state, which comes in 10th for Cost of Doing Business.
We have never had a tie in our Top Five, until now. Utah and Virginia, last year's Nos. 2 and 3 states respectively, tie for fifth place this year. While they come in dead even at 1,542 points, each takes a different route to the Top Five.