Pennsylvania has the third-best business climate north of the Mason-Dixon Line and the 12th best in the nation, according to Site Selection magazine.
Only Ohio and Indiana ranked higher among Northern states. Pennsylvania is the only Northeastern state to crack the top 20.
Every year, the magazine surveys site selectors—the people who help companies decide where to build new facilities—to get their take on how easy or hard it is to do business in each state. Then it rates the states by tallying up manufacturing plant openings and new expansions of other corporate facilities.
Pennsylvania finished fourth in 2009 new plant openings rankings and fifth in overall competitiveness. The state finished seventh in new plants per million residents, and 17th in the executive survey of overall business climate.
North Carolina finished first for the ninth time in the past 10 years. Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and South Carolina rounded out the top five. Eight of the 10 highest-rated states are in the South.
Final note: High rankings on “best of” lists such as this one are great recruiting tools when you’re trying to lure new employees from out of state.