The 10 Best States To Do Business In


No. 10: Oregon

Solution Provider 500 Companies: 2

Oregon's high ranking for innovation and growth (No. 7) gets a boost from its good scores for gross state product growth (ranked No. 3) and inventor patents (also No. 3). The state ranks No. 16 for overall business opportunity, including a No. 3 ranking for manufacturing value added, defined as the manufacturing value added per production hour worked as a percentage of the national average.

While Oregon ranks No. 14 in the education and experience level of its workforce, its overall labor/business costs are moderately high, ranked at No. 31, and the state's rank for taxes and regulations is even less favorable (No. 33).

Oregon's quality of life/personal cost of living rank (No. 27) is helped by the fact it has no sales tax.

Oregon has one solution provider on CRN's Tech Elite 250, none on the Fast Growth 100 and 50 Up-And-Comers, and two on the Next-Gen 250 list.