Ohio has cracked the top 10 list of CNBC’s 2019 “Top States for Business” study. At No. 10 overall, the Buckeye State jumped five spots from last year’s rankings. This marks the first time Ohio has made the network’s top 10 since the study started 13 years ago.
CNBC’s comparison examines 64 metrics across 10 categories of competitiveness. A key reason for Ohio’s improvement is its standing in infrastructure (No. 4) and cost of doing business (No. 8). Ohio also fared better than average in education (No. 11), technology and innovation (No. 13), access to capital (No. 13), cost of living (No. 15), and workforce (No. 17).
The best three states for business according to CNBC are Virginia, Texas, and North Carolina. The bottom three are Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Mississippi. 7/10/2019