Worst States No. 46: South Dakota
South Dakota is ranked No. 45 for the number of businesses based in the state and No. 42 for fast-growing companies. The state is No. 24 for economic diversity and is among the bottom scorers for economic expansion and development. But, it's among the top states for economic strength.
The Mount Rushmore State is No. 34 for high-wage traded services and No. 50 -- dead last among the states -- for manufacturing value added. The state is No. 30 for residents' access to broadband communications.