North Carolinawas named the fourth best state in which to do business in CNBC's sixth annual study, "America's Top States for Business.”
The Tar Heel State, which slipped from No. 3 in 2011 , joined North Dakota in the top five .
North Carolina also fared well in several individual categories , such as Workforce, Transportation, and Technology.
The top state, as well as the complete rankings, will be revealed by study creator Scott Cohn on "Closing Bell" at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT, as part of the network’s day-long countdown of the top five states in its exclusive and influential study.
The third-ranked state will be revealed at approximately 1:40 p.m. EDT on the "Power Lunch" program.
In ranking fifth, North Dakota, which tied for 13th in 2011, knocked out Colorado. The state’s ascent is partly a result of its booming oil-shale economy.
How We Score
This year's rankings are based on the same 10 categories as years past, but the 51 criteria have been tweaked to reflect changes in the ways the states market themselves.
This year, at the suggestion of a number of state officials, we've added state credit ratings to the criteria, which are used to help score our Economy category.Page 1 of 2 | Next Page