Other National Indices

50-State Competitiveness Dashboard

Other National Indices for the Competitiveness Dashboard

In addition to our six indices, which consolidate business cost, economic, and talent data into composite indicators for state comparisons, we have collated historical rankings from leading science, technology, and innovation and business environment indices. This information is meant to be provide helpful complementary information for MATTERS users to cross-reference in navigating our Competitiveness Dashboard. The tables below are updated to reflect the most recent rankings produced by each index.

CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business Index

CNBC scores all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from an array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council, and the states themselves. The study ranks the states based on the criteria they used to sell themselves. Click here for more on America’s Top States for Business.

State 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
AK – Alaska 50 50 49 47 44 47 47 45 47 50 47 50
AL – Alabama 39 43 41 38 33 34 41 38 37 41 37 31
AR – Arkansas 31 32 32 20 24 30 32 41 41 40 42 43
AZ – Arizona 18 18 24 22 20 13 34 25 26 20 20 30
CA – California 32 32 32 40 47 32 27 32 28 25 32 33
CO – Colorado 3 3 5 8 7 8 4 3 6 5 9 8
CT – Connecticut 35 35 39 44 45 46 33 43 33 37 35 24
DE – Delaware 42 42 36 43 31 38 38 37 40 38 38 27
FL – Florida 28 28 18 29 30 20 16 10 12 10 12 17
GA – Georgia 10 10 4 9 8 1 5 8 2 7 6 6
HI – Hawaii 49 48 48 49 50 49 50 49 49 47 49 49
IA – Iowa 4 6 9 12 11 12 10 9 15 18 16 20
ID – Idaho 22 26 31 13 10 16 14 15 20 11 18 16
IL – Illinois 25 30 22 26 37 27 19 24 31 28 30 15
IN – Indiana 15 21 15 14 18 19 13 16 14 16 11 19
KS – Kansas 7 11 11 15 14 15 24 28 34 35 19 28
KY – Kentucky 34 40 35 36 36 39 36 35 35 42 39 41
LA – Louisiana 44 44 42 42 43 40 46 44 44 44 46 44
MA – Massachusetts 8 5 6 28 16 25 20 20 10 8 14 14
MD – Maryland 27 27 29 31 40 35 36 30 25 31 31 12
ME – Maine 40 39 40 35 38 45 44 46 46 45 44 48
MI – Michigan 41 41 34 33 29 26 22 7 11 11 24 11
MN – Minnesota 6 8 7 11 15 6 1 4 3 6 7 7
MO – Missouri 14 17 16 27 26 23 26 31 22 23 23 25
MS – Mississippi 45 45 47 46 41 36 43 47 48 49 48 45
MT – Montana 38 36 38 24 19 33 28 22 30 34 33 34
NC – North Carolina 9 4 3 4 12 5 9 5 5 9 3 2
ND – North Dakota 16 12 13 5 3 10 6 12 19 29 17 18
NE – Nebraska 11 13 10 6 4 4 7 11 13 14 8 13
NH – New Hampshire 21 19 17 19 27 30 30 26 18 24 25 37
NJ – New Jersey 24 22 30 41 42 43 39 34 32 36 36 26
NM – New Mexico 43 38 43 36 33 37 24 39 42 43 41 38
NV – Nevada 47 47 45 45 46 29 45 40 39 33 29 40
NY – New York 36 24 26 34 35 40 35 29 38 27 27 22
OH – Ohio 29 34 23 25 28 18 23 21 16 15 10 10
OK – Oklahoma 23 25 28 23 25 28 31 42 43 39 43 32
OR – Oregon 18 23 27 18 17 22 21 17 17 19 22 35
PA – Pennsylvania 33 20 12 30 39 44 40 33 23 22 28 23
RI – Rhode Island 48 49 50 50 49 50 48 50 45 45 50 46
SC – South Carolina 37 31 37 32 23 24 29 27 29 30 34 39
SD – South Dakota 12 7 13 7 1 11 11 19 24 20 21 29
TN – Tennessee 20 16 18 16 13 14 17 18 9 13 13 5
TX – Texas 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 4 1 2 4
UT – Utah 5 8 8 2 5 3 3 1 8 3 4 3
VA – Virginia 1 2 1 3 5 8 12 13 7 4 1 1
VT – Vermont 30 37 44 39 32 42 42 36 35 32 40 42
WA – Washington 16 15 20 21 21 7 8 6 1 2 5 9
WI – Wisconsin 26 29 25 17 22 17 15 23 21 17 15 21
WV – West Virginia 46 46 46 48 48 48 49 47 50 48 45 47
WY – Wyoming 13 14 21 10 9 21 18 13 27 26 26 36
The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index

The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. The Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems.

State 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
AK – Alaska 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
AL – Alabama 40 40 41 38 40 40 40 41 39
AR – Arkansas 41 41 45 42 42 45 44 45 44
AZ – Arizona 22 24 22 21 22 24 23 24 23
CA – California 48 48 48 48 48 49 49 49 48
CO – Colorado 24 23 21 22 21 19 21 21 20
CT – Connecticut 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47 47
DE – Delaware 17 16 14 19 19 12 13 13 16
FL – Florida 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
GA – Georgia 29 32 35 33 33 35 32 31 32
HI – Hawaii 33 30 31 25 27 38 37 38 41
IA – Iowa 45 43 44 44 44 44 45 40 38
ID – Idaho 16 17 18 18 17 20 20 20 17
IL – Illinois 36 38 29 26 31 36 36 36 36
IN – Indiana 9 9 9 7 7 10 10 9 9
KS – Kansas 26 26 27 30 29 30 35 35 24
KY – Kentucky 30 35 33 36 36 21 19 19 18
LA – Louisiana 35 37 38 46 46 42 41 42 42
MA – Massachusetts 25 28 26 29 25 27 34 34 34
MD – Maryland 39 39 39 39 39 41 42 44 46
ME – Maine 28 33 37 34 34 28 30 29 33
MI – Michigan 11 13 15 14 15 17 14 14 12
MN – Minnesota 46 46 46 45 45 46 46 46 45
MO – Missouri 15 18 20 16 16 15 15 12 13
MS – Mississippi 27 29 30 32 32 29 31 32 30
MT – Montana 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5
NC – North Carolina 34 11 11 10 10 11 11 10 11
ND – North Dakota 20 20 19 20 20 16 17 17 19
NE – Nebraska 38 27 28 31 30 25 27 28 35
NH – New Hampshire 8 8 7 8 8 7 6 6 6
NJ – New Jersey 49 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
NM – New Mexico 23 25 25 28 26 26 24 23 28
NV – Nevada 3 3 5 5 5 6 7 7 7
NY – New York 50 49 49 49 49 48 48 48 49
OH – Ohio 42 42 42 41 41 39 38 39 37
OK – Oklahoma 21 22 24 24 24 31 29 30 26
OR – Oregon 10 10 10 11 11 9 8 15 22
PA – Pennsylvania 31 31 32 27 28 32 28 27 29
RI – Rhode Island 43 44 40 40 38 37 39 37 40
SC – South Carolina 32 34 34 35 35 33 33 33 31
SD – South Dakota 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
TN – Tennessee 13 14 16 13 13 18 18 18 8
TX – Texas 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 11 14
UT – Utah 7 7 8 9 9 8 9 8 10
VA – Virginia 18 21 23 23 23 23 25 26 25
VT – Vermont 44 45 43 43 43 43 43 43 43
WA – Washington 14 15 13 15 14 14 16 16 15
WI – Wisconsin 37 36 36 37 37 34 26 25 27
WV – West Virginia 19 19 17 17 18 22 22 22 21
WY – Wyoming 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
The Milken Institute’s State Technology and Science Index 2020

The State Technology and Science Index (STSI) provides a benchmark for evaluating the knowledge economies of all 50 US states. The Index, published bi-annually, compares each state’s capacity for attaining prosperity through science discovery and technological innovation. This is achieved through analysis of their rankings on key indicators, using the latest available data from US federal government and private sector sources.

State 2002 2004 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
AK – Alaska 39 40 44 37 41 38 33 41 36
AL – Alabama 33 36 29 31 30 32 37 32 32
AR – Arkansas 50 49 48 50 49 45 49 48 48
AZ – Arizona 18 17 17 15 16 19 23 17 17
CA – California 3 2 4 4 3 3 4 4 3
CO – Colorado 2 3 3 3 4 4 2 2 2
CT – Connecticut 8 10 7 9 9 9 6 14 12
DE – Delaware 11 13 14 10 8 10 10 7 9
FL – Florida 29 32 37 40 38 37 41 33 33
GA – Georgia 15 18 25 25 26 23 24 22 22
HI – Hawaii 43 39 28 36 36 35 39 35 37
IA – Iowa 35 37 35 32 31 31 35 36 34
ID – Idaho 26 30 27 27 34 33 32 26 26
IL – Illinois 19 21 21 20 18 21 16 15 20
IN – Indiana 30 29 33 28 27 27 30 29 27
KS – Kansas 22 26 24 23 24 28 31 31 30
KY – Kentucky 46 48 47 47 45 44 47 46 44
LA – Louisiana 44 42 46 45 44 48 46 45 47
MA – Massachusetts 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
MD – Maryland 4 4 2 2 2 2 3 3 4
ME – Maine 36 33 39 42 39 41 42 40 43
MI – Michigan 24 25 26 26 23 22 18 18 19
MN – Minnesota 10 8 11 12 12 12 7 8 11
MO – Missouri 28 31 30 30 29 34 28 30 31
MS – Mississippi 49 50 50 48 50 49 48 50 50
MT – Montana 34 38 32 35 37 39 34 28 29
NC – North Carolina 17 20 18 13 21 15 12 11 15
ND – North Dakota 45 45 31 33 32 29 29 38 41
NE – Nebraska 32 28 34 34 33 30 25 34 38
NH – New Hampshire 13 12 9 7 10 8 11 9 7
NJ – New Jersey 7 7 12 11 15 16 17 21 14
NM – New Mexico 20 14 16 18 22 24 21 24 18
NV – Nevada 42 43 45 46 47 50 45 44 46
NY – New York 12 15 15 16 13 11 20 16 21
OH – Ohio 27 24 36 29 28 26 27 27 24
OK – Oklahoma 37 35 38 39 40 43 44 47 45
OR – Oregon 23 19 23 21 20 17 13 10 10
PA – Pennsylvania 16 16 13 14 11 14 14 13 13
RI – Rhode Island 21 11 10 22 17 13 15 19 23
SC – South Carolina 41 44 42 43 43 40 43 37 35
SD – South Dakota 47 47 41 38 42 42 38 43 42
TN – Tennessee 40 34 40 41 35 36 40 39 40
TX – Texas 14 23 20 19 19 20 19 20 16
UT – Utah 9 9 8 5 7 5 8 5 6
VA – Virginia 5 5 6 8 6 7 9 12 8
VT – Vermont 31 22 19 17 14 18 26 23 28
WA – Washington 6 6 5 6 5 6 5 6 5
WI – Wisconsin 25 27 22 24 25 25 22 25 25
WV – West Virginia 48 46 49 49 48 47 50 49 49
WY – Wyoming 38 41 43 44 46 46 36 42 39