Thursday, January 26, 2012

Washington, Seattle rank with the best in new “Top 10” lists

Congratulations, Washington! Three new top 10 lists are once again shining the spotlight on our role as a national leader.
The Puget Sound Business Journal reports today that the conservative Tax Foundation’s 2012 State Business Tax Climate Index  ranks Washington as having the seventh best business-friendly tax climate in the nation.  Washington climbed four spots on the new list, rising from the 11th best in the nation on the 2011 rankings of business-friendly tax climates.
Meanwhile, a ForbesWoman study found that women still only earn between 70 to 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, but that some cities shine when it comes to pay for full-time, year-round female workers. ForbesWoman scoured the United States to find the Best Paying Cities for Women. Coming in at #10 (drum roll):  Seattle.
If you can read this you may be one of the reasons Seattle is number two on yet another top-ten list. According to a Central Connecticut State University study of the most literate U.S. cities, Seattleites are some of the best readers in the nation, second only to Washington D.C.
The study used newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources for its findings.
Washingtonians cheer when the Huskies or Cougars make the top 10 in college football. Ranking with the very best in measures of economic competitiveness, fairness and literacy gives all of us a good reason to cheer for Washington, too.

To read this story in Spanish, click here.