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HOW STATES RATE FOR BUSINESS
The West is best for business, says a study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, thanks to such things as abundant resources. Exception: California, with its mediocre 2.0 grade. The study measures several areas, averaged and ranked here. At the bottom are mainly Southern states, where low incomes are a hindrance.
TOP SIX SCORE*
BOTTOM SIX SCORE*
WEST VIRGINIA 0.3
*Grade point average of letter grades (A to F) in three areas: economic performance, business vitality, and development capacity
DATA: CORPORATION FOR ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENTEDITED BY LARRY LIGHT, WITH OLUWABUNMI SHABI