Wisconsin in top 10 of Chief Executive magazine’s best states for business

Ranking based on CEO survey

Wisconsin state outline

Last updated on May 10th, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Wisconsin ranks as the 10th best state for business in the annual rankings by Chief Executive magazine.

The rankings are based on the results of a survey of hundreds of CEOs.

The top 10 states for business, according to the survey are:

1. Texas
2. Florida
3. North Carolina
4. South Carolina
5. Indiana
6. Nevada
7. Tennessee
8. Georgia
9. Arizona
10. Wisconsin

Wisconsin has climbed the list to No. 10 this year from No. 41 in 2010, to No. 24 in 2011, to No. 20 in 2012, to No. 17 in 2013, to No. 14 in 2014, to No. 12 in 2015, and to No. 11 last year.

Gov. Scott Walker touted the survey results.

Governor Scott Walker
Governor Scott Walker

“We have worked hard to get Wisconsin out of the worst states for business and into the top 10 best states in the country,” he said in a news release. “We did it by cutting taxes, putting the power back in the hands of Wisconsin workers, and enacting common sense conservative reforms. At a time when Wisconsin is joining the best states for business, we cannot afford to go backward by increasing taxes on Wisconsin families. We want Wisconsin to stay inside the top 10 best states for business.”

Illinois (48), New York (49) and California (50) were ranked as the worst states for business by the CEOs surveyed.

Other Midwest states in the rankings: Ohio (11), Iowa (14), Michigan (36), Minnesota (38).

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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