Business Rankings

Business rankings from independent third-party sources, which evaluate a state’s business strengths and assets, consistently place Georgia as a top 5 state or top 10 state in a wide range of business climate metrics.

Most recently, an independent nationwide survey of location consultants ranks Georgia:

  • #1 for labor climate
  • #1 for labor availability
  • #1 for workforce development
  • #2 for infrastructure
  • #2 in the nation for the best place to do business


Source: 2011 Area Development Survey

  • Other 2011 surveys also rank Georgia high for being pro-business:
    CNBC rates Georgia #4 among “America’s Top States for Business,” and #2 in infrastructure and transportation
  • Georgia places #5 on a national list for Best States for Business (Chief Executive Magazine)
  • And another source ranks  Georgia #5 for overall Business Climate (Site Selection Magazine)


2010 Category Rank City/County Source
America’s Most Wired Cities 2nd Atlanta Forbes
Strongest-Performing Metro Areas in the U.S. 2nd Augusta Brookings
Least Expensive Major City to Live in 2nd Atlanta KPMG
Best City for New College Grads 4th Atlanta BusinessWeek
Fastest-Growing County in the U.S. 6th Forsyth CNN/Money
Best City to Live in 7th Augusta Relocate
Fastest-Growing County in the U.S. 8th Paulding CNN/Money


And one of Georgia’s greatest assets, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, continues to dominate in air travel categories:


 Category Rank Source
Total passengers 1st Airports Council International
Air cargo 1st Air Cargo Week
Airport efficiency 1st Air Transport Research Society

Contact GDEcD

To get help expanding or relocating a business in Georgia, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development or call 404.962.4000.

More About Georgia Benefits

Georgia’s industry-specific Project Analysts are available to help you with a wide range of business needs:
  • Site and building services
  • Location data
  • Community contacts and facilitation
  • Cost environment analysis
  • Coordination with state agencies

Fortune Favors the Peach