No. 9: Massachusetts
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You won't find another state with such contrasting rankings. The state is ranked No. 1 for the experience and education of its workforce. It's No. 1 in the percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher (39.1 percent). And the region's thriving tech sector is arguably second only to California's Silicon Valley. The state is also ranked No. 2 for overall innovation and growth (second to California) and No. 5 for business opportunities.
Now the bad news. Massachusetts is dead last in labor/business costs, as well as in overall taxes and regulations. Its 8 percent corporate income tax is ranked No. 33. It's No. 43 in property taxes.