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Florida Ranked No. 2 in Chief Executive Magazine’s Annual CEO Ranking of Best & Worst States for Business
Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018

STAMFORD, Conn. – For the sixth straight year Florida was ranked as the No. 2 state for business in Chief Executive magazine’s 14th annual Best & Worst States for Business survey, which was released today. The state has consistently ranked among the nation’s top states for business since the survey’s inception. The Chief Executive rankings reflect CEO perceptions of best and worst states based on a range of key measures. 

Florida has had trouble unseating Texas, which has held the top ranking every year the survey has been conducted. 

North Carolina and South Carolina (tied at No. 3) and Indiana (No. 5) rounded out the top five in the survey. Full results and additional information can be found on, and in the May/June issue of Chief Executive. 

The Best & Worst States for Business survey captures the perceptions of CEOs on a range of important issues. The rankings are crucial, as CEO perception drives investments in offices, factories and other facilities that bring jobs to a region. This year 300 CEOs participated in the survey. 

“The annual Best and Worst States Survey is a key component of Florida’s ability to attract new jobs,” said Marshall Cooper, CEO of Chief Executive Group, which has conducted the survey for the last 13 years. “The rankings capture current CEO perceptions of Florida’s business climate, and are a good gauge of the state’s ability to attract and retain business investment in the future.” 

In addition to the overall state rankings, Chief Executive’s 2018 Best & Worst States for Business survey also presents individual category rankings, including workforce, taxes/regulation, living environment.

Florida’s rankings in key categories include:

  • Workforce quality: No. 22
  • Taxes and Regulation: No. 5
  • Living Environment: No. 5

Chief Executive Best & Worst States for Business

Best 5 States

Worst 5 States

1.      Texas

50. California

2.      Florida

49.  New York

3.      North Carolina

48.  Illinois

3.      South Carolina

47.  New Jersey

5.      Indiana     

46.  Connecticut

About Chief Executive Group: Chief Executive Group, the leading community for business leaders worldwide, publishes Chief Executive magazine (since 1977),, Corporate Board Member magazine and, as well as conferences and roundtables that enable CEOs to discuss key subjects and share their experiences with their peers. The Group also runs the Chief Executive Network, the leading CEO membership organization arranged by industry, and facilitates the annual “CEO of the Year,” a prestigious honor bestowed upon an outstanding corporate leader, nominated and selected by a group of peers. Visit and for more information.

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