Georgia’s First, Again


Georgia has been named the No. 1 state for business for the ninth consecutive year by Area Development magazine. No other state has earned this distinction for so many years.

The executive publication’s annual poll of about 50 leading site consulting firms from across the United States considers 13 factors to make this determination.

In addition to overall Top State, Georgia earned a No. 1 ranking for the 13th year in a row for its workforce development program, Georgia Quick Start.

The state also earned the top ranking in six additional categories, including cost of doing business, cooperative and responsive state government, competitive labor environment and available real estate. Georgia tied for first place in energy availability and costs.

The state also broke economic development records during fiscal year 2022. Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, investments in expansions and new locations totaled more than $21.2 billion, and 51,132 jobs were created in the state through 358 projects supported by the Department of Economic Development’s Global Commerce team.