Chief Executive magazine ranked South Carolina the seventh best state in which to do business, an improvement of one spot from the 2011 survey.

The top states include:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. North Carolina
  4. Tennessee
  5. Indiana
  6. Virginia
  7. South Carolina
The bottom states include:
   44. Connecticut
   45. New Jersey
   46. Michigan
   47. Massachusetts
   48. Illinois
   49. New York
   50. California
The survey asked 650 CEOs to rate states in the areas of tax, regulation, quality of work force, and living environment.  According to the report, most of the top 20 states are right-to-work states.