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CEOs Rank the Best and Worst States for Business

Texas is tops, while California is the worst


TexasTexas is the best state in the U.S. in which to do business, according to a recent survey, while California is the worst.

A survey released by Chief Executive magazine this week asked 736 CEOs from around the country to rank the states. Among the factors examined were regulations, tax policies, quality of the local workforce, education, quality of life and local infrastructure.

The biggest gainer on the list this year is Ohio, which climbed 13 spots from 35th to 22nd. Delaware saw the largest drop, falling from 14th to 27th overall.

Here are the top five:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. North Carolina
  4. Tennessee
  5. Indiana

And the bottom five:

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Jersey

Read more about the survey here.

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