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* COLORADO 4.0 IDAHO 3.6 MINNESOTA 3.6 DELAWARE 3.3 OREGON 3.3 UTAH 3.3

BOTTOM SIX SCORE* MAINE 1.0 OKLAHOMA 1.0 ARKANSAS 0.6 KENTUCKY 0.6 LOUISIANA 0.6 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 DEVELOPMENT

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