Worst States No. 48: West Virginia
West Virginia is ranked No. 42 for the number of businesses based in the state and No. 44 for fast-growing companies. The state is ranked among the bottom states for economic expansion and development factors, and it's No. 28 for economic diversity. The state is in the middle of the pack for economic strength.
The Mountain State is No. 48 for high-wage traded services and No. 45 for manufacturing value added. The state is No. 31 for residents' access to broadband communications.