N.C. is consistently ranked among the best business climates in the U.S.

North Carolina is continually recognized as a place where businesses Thrive.

North Carolina is consistently recognized for its outstanding business climate and quality of life. Just more proof that businesses and people really do Thrive in North Carolina®. Here are some of our recent accolades:

 

  
No. 2 Best Business ClimateSite Selection magazine, November 2013
No. 5 Most Competitive StateSite Selection magazine, May 2013
CNBC 
The Business Journals 
No. 2 Most Cost-Efficient for Manufacturing—AIER study, The Business Journals, July 2011
No. 8 Venture Capital InvestmentsThe Business Journals, August 2011
Chief Executive 
No. 3 Best State for Business—by CEO's, Chief Executive magazine, May 2013
Forbes.com
Ranked No. 4 Best State for BusinessForbes magazine, September 2013

Ranked No. 2 Best Business Costs Forbes magazine, September 2013
Area Development - Site and Facility Planning ONLINE 
2013 Silver Shovel Award WinnerArea Development magazine, May 2013
Ernst and Young 
No. 1 Lowest State & Local Tax Burden on Business—Council on State Taxation and Ernst & Young, July 2012
Additional Accolades
2013 CiCi Awards—Two North Carolina economic development projects won Community Impact awards (Deere-Hitachi and Hospira), Trade and Industry Development magazine, March 2013
No. 3 Nationally
Annual In-Migration to States
—United Van Lines,
January 2014