No. 3: Missouri (No. 13 in 2017)
Number Of Solution Provider 500 Companies: Seven
Missouri's third-place showing in this year's Best States ranking marks a significant gain for the Show Me state.
Missouri moved up in the rankings to No. 4 in personal cost of living/quality of life based on improvements in the Show Me State's cost of living criteria
Missouri also made less dramatic gains across other Best States criteria, such as moving up to No. 27 from No. 31 in entrepreneurship and innovation, and to No. 23 from No. 25 in business climate/competitive environment. But its showing in workforce education dipped this year to No. 25 from No. 19.
Missouri's strength remains its business-friendly environment including a relatively low tax burden (No. 6) and low labor and operating costs (No. 15).