Washington ranks 20th among the states in competitiveness in a new study released this week by the National Association and the Council on Competitiveness.
Virginia ranked first on the list. Texas was second and North Carolina was third.
Rhode Island was at the bottom of the ranking. Alaska was 49th and Hawaii was 48th.
Washington’s lowest rankings in two of the 10 categories, cost of business (43rd) and cost of living (37th).
The state ranked well in technology and innovation (5th), access to capital (8th) and quality of life (13th).
States in the South and in the Midwest excelled in costs. Arkansas and Iowa tied with the lowest cost of doing business. Missouri ranked third.
Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma ranked first, second and third in the lowest cost of living.
Hawaii, Vermont and New Hampshire topped the quality of living rank, Louisiana, Alabama and Delaware were at the bottom of that list.
California was first in innovation and technology followed by New York.
South Carolina, the state picked over Washington as the site for its newest 787 airliner assembly plant, was ranked 37th in competitiveness in the report compared with Washington’s 20th.