Arizona named #2 for Best Business Climate of large cities and in top 10 of several other categories

Phoenix named best business climate

There’s been a lot of bad news this week, both nationally and internationally. Let’s start the week on a positive note: Arizona has landed in the top ten in several categories on the Business Facilities 2021 state rankings report, including #2 for Best Business Climate of large cities.

Business Facilities is a media brand that specializes in site selection and is designed to help C-level executives and economic development organizations find the right place to build a business. This is the company’s 17th annual report and is the most comprehensive to date, with 60 categories that “highlight the State, Metro and Global leaders who are busy building the foundation for a future of sustainable growth.” 

Arizona was in the top ten of 17 categories and in the top five of eight of those.

This is further evidence that the state continues to carve out a place for itself as a boon for building sustainable businesses and tech startups. 

Arizona and its cities were featured in the top ten of the following categories: 


#2 – Best Business Climate for large cities

#3 – Fastest-Growing States

#4 – Semiconductors

#5 – Aerospace/Defense

#5 – Tech Hubs (growth potential)

#5 – Installed Solar Power Capacity

#6 – Solar Power Jobs

#8 – Electricity from Solar (by percentage)

#9 – Best Business Climate

#9 – Tech Talent Pipeline

#10 – Artificial Intelligence Jobs

Arizona Cities

#3 – Data Centers (Phoenix)

#4 – Installed Solar Power Capacity (Phoenix)

#6 – Millennial Magnets (Tucson)

#7 – Fastest-Growing Metros (Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler)

#8 – Most Affordable Cities (Gilbert)

#8 – Solar Cities, Megawatts Per Capita (Phoenix)