Where NC falls in America's top business states

Where NC falls in America's top business states

Where NC falls in America's top business states

Now CNBC has chimed in and Georgia ranks as the No. 2 state for business, helped in large part due to having what CNBC ranks as the best economy in the country for business.

CNBC considers a number of factors when ranking which states are the most friendly to business.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

The CNBC rating credits the state, not surprisingly, with some superlatives; it also points to some warning signs that could jeopardize those superlatives if the problems aren't addressed.

MA leapt joint furthest on this year's ranking, moving from 20th place to 10th due to leading performances in two areas. It also moved up two notches from No. 9 past year to No. 7, clinching another top 10 finish in the Workforce category.

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In 11 years CNBC has posted the study, Texas and Virginia have been the only states to land the top spot in multiple years, on three occasions each.

Its weakest category was Quality of Life, where it ranked in 42nd place.

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The main area of concern for Missouri remains Quality of Life, where it ranked fourth last in 46th place.

CNBC says while the state has America's top workforce and best infrastructure, falling oils prices affected its economy ranking-dropping from Number 1 to Number 25.

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Even so, there was a time not so many years ago that Virginia consistently ranked at or near the top of the rankings. Georgia is a great state for business, but it's also a state where opportunities are anything but equally accessible.

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