Washington state ranked second in the nation as overall best for business, behind North Carolina. CNBC recently scored all 50 states on 88 metrics in 10 broad categories drawing from a variety of data sources. The top three weighted categories included workforce, infrastructure, and the cost of doing business. The other seven categories include economy, life, health & inclusion, technology & innovation, business friendliness, education, access to capital and cost of living. Of the ten categories, Washington’s worst ranking metric was its high ‘cost of living.
As opposed to an opinion survey, this was a report based on empirical data. States’ performance in each metric was calculated using the most recent figures available.