bestmapAccording to Forbes magazine’s 2017 Best States For Business rankings, Connecticut ranks among the ten worst states in the Country for overall business prospects.

The survey tracks Business Costs, Labor Supply, Regulations, Economic Climate, growth Prospects, and Quality of Life.

Among neighboring states, Rhode Island comes in just behind Connecticut at #43 and the land of Lobster and Senator Bernie Sanders’ Vermont even further down the ranking with Maine at #46 and Vermont at 48.

New Hampshire leads the northern New England states at #34, Connecticut and Rhode Island break into the top ten percentile in only one category “Quality of Life”, 5 and 7 respectively.

Massachusetts by contrast comes in with an overall ranking of #19 and makes the top ten states in three categories including “Labor Supply,” “Quality of Life” and “Economic Climate.” The Bay State however comes in dead last with the highest “Business Costs,”, Connecticut at #41 in costs beats out its New England rivals but falls behind New York which the survey ranks at #36 for “Business Costs” and #29 overall.

While Nutmeg state boosters typically promote the state’s workforce, the survey has a more sanguine view, ranking “Labor supply” at #33 nationwide.

Forbes favorite is North Carolina, which the report says “has built one of the country’s strongest business climates over the past two decades, fueled by low business costs, incentives and a young, educated workforce, many of whom have been trained at the strong universities in the state and Research Triangle Park.”

Connecticut gets its best ranking at #5 for “Quality of Life” and its worst ranking 43 for “Growth Prospects.”

The magazine ranked West Virginia ranks as the “worst state for business for the third straight year, behind New Mexico, Vermont and Alaska. “

See full chart below:

FORBES BEST STATE FOR BUSINESS

RANK

        STATE

BUSINESS
COSTS

LABOR
SUPPLY

REGULATIONS

ECONOMIC
CLIMATE

GROWTH
PROSPECTS

QUALITY
OF LIFE

POPULATION

#1

North Carolina

2

11

9

18

10

16

10,146,800

#2

Texas

3

9

21

1

2

30

27,862,600

#3

Utah

23

2

3

8

9

25

3,051,200

#4

Nebraska

7

17

4

25

22

6

1,907,100

#5

Virginia

29

3

2

33

14

8

8,411,800

#6

Georgia

18

10

7

7

13

33

10,310,400

#7

Florida

39

16

5

4

1

19

20,612,400

#8

Colorado

40

1

19

3

4

20

5,540,500

#9

North Dakota

11

4

18

10

20

39

758,000

#10

Indiana

12

45

1

23

18

4

6,633,100

#11

Washington

21

5

32

6

5

34

7,288,000

#12

Iowa

6

37

10

29

27

10

3,134,700

#13

Minnesota

37

14

22

13

22

1

5,520,000

#14

Ohio

14

46

12

12

24

2

11,614,400

#15

Tennessee

17

29

8

5

17

40

6,651,200

#16

South Carolina

25

22

6

16

12

42

4,961,100

#17

South Dakota

1

21

20

37

28

27

865,500

#18

Oregon

19

8

34

30

8

28

4,093,500

#19

Massachusetts

50

6

35

9

15

3

6,811,800

#20

Idaho

31

23

15

14

11

35

1,683,100

#21

Missouri

20

40

11

22

19

21

6,093,000

#22

Oklahoma

5

32

14

26

37

31

3,923,600

#23

Arizona

33

13

25

17

5

44

6,931,100

#24

Nevada

13

25

30

27

7

49

2,940,100

#25

Kansas

34

24

13

35

32

18

2,907,300

#26

Maryland

32

7

43

34

16

26

6,016,400

#27

Pennsylvania

15

38

36

24

32

12

12,802,500

#28

Michigan

35

47

16

11

26

17

9,928,300

#29

New York

36

31

27

15

21

24

19,745,300

#30

Delaware

4

12

41

38

31

47

952,100

#31

California

44

20

47

2

3

29

39,250,000

#32

Montana

26

19

33

31

25

36

1,042,500

#33

Wisconsin

38

39

24

19

32

9

5,778,700

#34

New Hampshire

45

15

39

21

30

14

1,334,800

#35

Kentucky

10

48

31

36

38

22

4,437,000

#36

Arkansas

9

42

23

39

45

41

2,988,200

#37

Illinois

30

36

40

28

35

15

12,801,500

#38

Wyoming

24

30

26

49

44

32

585,500

#39

New Jersey

49

26

45

32

29

11

8,944,500

#40

Louisiana

7

41

36

46

36

48

4,681,700

#41

Alabama

27

44

17

43

39

45

4,863,300

#42

Connecticut

41

33

42

42

43

5

3,576,500

#43

Rhode Island

46

27

48

40

40

7

1,056,400

#44

Hawaii

48

18

46

20

41

38

1,428,600

#45

Mississippi

22

49

28

45

47

46

2,988,700

#46

Maine

42

35

49

41

48

13

1,331,500

#47

New Mexico

28

43

38

47

42

37

2,081,000

#48

Vermont

47

28

44

44

49

23

624,600

#49

Alaska

43

34

29

50

46

50

741,900

#50

West Virginia

15

50

50

48

50

43

1,831,100