Number 1 Best State for Manufacturing

South Carolina Cruises to the Top Spot...Again!

Site Selection Group, a full-service location advisory, economic incentives and real estate services firm, recently conducted its annual assessment of the lower 48 states to determine rankings based on competitiveness for corporate investment. As the ability to hire and retain a qualified workforce is the #1 factor that drives final site selection decisions, readySC, Apprenticeship Carolina and the state’s 16 technical colleges were instrumental in solidifying South Carolina’s top position.

2023 Best States for Manufacturing

Rank State Overall Index Score
1 South Carolina


2 North Carolina


3 Tennessee


4 Texas 107.5%
5 Utah


Factors that Drive Final Site Selection Decisions

  • Ability to hire and retain a qualified workforce
  • Ability to receive and ship goods in a cost-effective and timely manner
  • Business environment and regulatory climate, including a strong manufacturing presence and low cost of doing business
  • Infrastructure, including access to consumer bases and proximity to major ports
  • Real estate
  • Economic incentives

Assessment Categories and Weightings

Category Weighting
Workforce & Market Alignment 50%
Operating Costs 25%
Geographic Positioning 25%

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