The United States Chamber of Commerce commended Virginia as America's "Most Livable State" in its annual "Enterprising States: Policies that Produce" ranking. The report noted that Virginia ranks first nationally in livability based on median income of a four-person family; in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) job concentration; and in high-tech business concentration.
The Commonwealth was also named a top state for entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to having the highest STEM job concentration, Virginia is adding STEM jobs at a faster rate than all but two states. Virginia also has the second-highest concentration of mathematical scientists and has added 23,000 computer specialists and 7,000 engineers to its workforce since 2001.
Named fourth in the list of a top 10 future boom states, Virginia is the top state for adjusted family income, which contributes to its ranking for attracting new migrants to the state at the seventh-fastest rate in the nation. The Commonwealth ranks ninth for its educated workforce and ninth in projected job growth.
Virginia also ranked sixth in the top 10 performing talent pipeline states, for its work to increase the number of high school graduates attending college with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Top Jobs of the 21st Century higher education legislation. Virginia ranked ninth overall for its percentage of citizens with college degrees.
Virginia placed in the top 25 of all measures used in the ranking, including seventh in productivity growth, ninth in educational attainment and 10th in gross state product (GSP) growth. For more information, click here.