That's according to the State Entrepreneurial Index, a research ranking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Bureau of Business Research.
The economists behind the rankings judge states by five factors: a state's number of patents issued per thousand residents, its percentage growth and per capita growth in starting businesses, its rate of forming those businesses, and its gross receipts of partnerships and sole proprietorships, per capita.
Topping the list is New York, followed by Washington, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Oregon.
Bottoming it are Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arizona, and South Carolina.
Wait, I thought conservative states were the business-friendly ones . . . Weird.