Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina are viewed as having the best business climates among the 50 states, according to a new survey of U.S. executives.
California, New York and Illinois are listed as the U.S. states with the least favorable business conditions, according to the poll by the New York-based .
Texas was the clear-cut favorite among the survey respondents, with 49.4 percent naming the Lone Star State as having one of the most favorable business climates. North Carolina ranked second with 27.8 percent; South Carolina received 14.3 percent of the votes.
Texas and North Carolina have consistently landed in the top spots since the survey began more than a decade ago. Texas has held the No. 1 ranking since 1999, while North Carolina has been No. 2 since 2002, said officials.
Nearly half of the 322 corporate executive who responded to the survey indicated that their firm would make a decision in the next 24 months to move locations, expand or consolidate a manufacturing plant, offices, distribution centers or other facilities.
Every three years, DCI completes the survey to track trends in economic development.
Austin Business Journal by Christopher Calnan , firstname.lastname@example.org