Staying business friendly

New Hampshire Commissioner of Economic Affairs Taylor Caswell, left, visits with Foxx Life Sciences CEO Thomas Taylor at a biotech convention in Boston in 2018. For the fourth year in a row, CNBC named the Granite State tops for business friendliness.

CONCORD — For the fourth year in a row, New Hampshire retained the top spot for its business friendliness, according to CNBC’s latest Top States rankings, and landed in the top 10 for its workforce and quality of life, the state announced Thursday.

CNBC has compiled rankings of all 50 states for the past 12 years. This year, New Hampshire ranked 25th overall, the second highest in New England, and showed gains in several categories. The state rose to No. 8 for its workforce, an 11-place jump from No. 19 in 2018.

“With its famous motto, “Live Free or Die,” it stands to reason that the Granite State is among America’s most inclusive,” CNBC said. “Freedom also includes security. New Hampshire enjoys the third lowest violent crime rate in the nation. The state also boasts the nation’s lowest child poverty rate.”

CNBC touted New Hampshire’s 10th place ranking for the percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher. The Granite State also ranked in the top 10 for the percentage of workers in jobs science, technology, engineering or math jobs.

The state retained No. 5 for the second year in a row as the best state to live in based on data that includes crime rates, environmental quality and inclusiveness.

“New Hampshire has a modern economy with significant growth in advanced and emerging industries that is supported by a defined and highly aligned pipeline of talent,” said Commissioner Taylor Caswell of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs in a statement.