10 Best States for Business 2013: Slideshow

Here’s a look at the best states in which to do business in 2013 and what CEOs had to say about them.

May 6 2013 by ChiefExecutive.net

Number 6 Number 8

No. 7Virginia

Taxations & Regulations

Workforce Quality

Living Environment

Based on CEO Survey by ChiefExecutive.net

Key Metrics
State GDP 

  • % Growth ’10-’11: 0.3
  • % Growth ’10-’11 v. Nat’l Avg. (1.5%): -1.2


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2012 %: 5.6
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (7.80%): -2.2

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration ’10-’11: 15,538
  • Rank: 9

State Government

  • Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’10 ($): 3,131
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 574.0

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 12.3
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.9%): 2.41
Key Companies
  • Freddie Mac
  • Altria Group
  • Capital One Financial Corporation
  • General Dynamics
Development Trend Indicator: Sideways
Business hails new infrastructure spending but not resulting tax increases.
CEO Comments
“Virginia and North Carolina are exceptionally business friendly. Being a right to work state is a significant draw for our business and the workforce is exceptional at our locations. Great educational institutions and transportation systems.”

“Virginia has chambers and military affairs councils whoop dilgentlty work to maintain base presence in our state, which helps our economy, beings supporting business, and provides well qualified work forces.”

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Tax Foundation