Site Selection magazine has ranked North Carolina No. 1 in its list of states with the "top business climate" for the sixth year in a row.
The economic development magazine surveys corporate executives that help businesses select new locations for expansion. The ranking is based on factors such as cost of doing business, quality of the workforce and number of new projects recently announced.
The No. 1 ranking for North Carolina has become almost a given -- this is the ninth year out of the past 10 that the state has been at the top.
But it's an important bragging right for economic recruiters as they work to lure new businesses. State officials routinely point to such "best of" lists as they tout North Carolina's charms.