Wisconsin ranks 15th on CNBC’s Top States for Business list

State does best in "education" category

Wisconsin ranked #15 on CNBC‘s annual Top States for Business list.

Virginia ranked #1, Texas #2, North Carolina #3, Utah #4 and Washington #5 at the top of the 2019 list.

The bottom five ranked states are: West Virginia #45, Louisiana #46, Alaska #47, Mississippi #48, Hawaii #49 and Rhode Island #50.

In the Midwest, Wisconsin ranks behind Minnesota #7, Ohio #10 and Indiana #11, but ahead of Iowa #16, Michigan #24 and Illinois #30.

CNBC breaks the rankings down into six categories: “workforce,” “economy,” “infrastructure,” “cost of doing business,” “quality of life” and “education.”

Wisconsin’s best ranking is in the “education” category, where the state ranked #5. Massachusetts ranked #1 for education. Oklahoma ranked #50 for education.

Wisconsin’s lowest ranking was in the “quality of life” category, where the state ranked #26. Hawaii ranked #1. Arkansas ranked #50 for “quality of life.” CNBC says the “quality of life” category includes crime rate, health care, inclusiveness, the environment and local attractions including parks and recreation.

Wisconsin ranked #24 for “infrastructure.” Indiana was #1 and Rhode Island #50 in that category.

Wisconsin ranked #20 in the “workforce,” “economy” and “cost of doing business” categories. Virginia was #1 for “workforce,” North Carolina was #1 in the “economy” category and Kentucky was #1 in “cost of doing business.”

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Andrew Weiland
Andrew Weiland 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, Weiland is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, and son, Zachary. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching his son’s youth baseball and basketball teams.