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Florida Tops the List

We’re Business Friendly
Florida is one of the best places to do business, ranking seventh in the 2007 Forbes.com listing of business-friendly states.

For the second year in a row, Forbes.com has ranked the top states for business, taking into account living costs, job and income growth, and educational achievement, as well as projections of job, income and gross state product growth.

Forbes also measured the amount of available venture capital and the amount of red tape that state governments inject into the business environment.

Here are the Top 10 states and their rankings from Forbes.com: Virginia (1); Utah (2); North Carolina (3); Texas (4); Washington (5); Idaho (6); Florida (7); Colorado (8); North Dakota (9); and Minnesota (10).

One of America’s Best Places to Live
MONEY magazine ranked Lake Mary (a suburban community 10 miles north of Orlando) No. 4 on its 2007 List of America’s 100 Best Places to Live. In compiling this year’s list, MONEY focused on smaller places—2,876 cities with populations  ranging from 7,500 to 50,000­ — that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, recreation and a real sense of community.

Among Lake Mary’s favorable aspects were high-paying jobs, no state income tax, small-town atmosphere, proximity to Orlando and Daytona Beach, and a variety of recreational activities including boating, fishing and golfing.

In addition to its rank as the overall No. 4, Lake Mary (population: 13,200) was named best in the South.

Check out all 100 best places to live at: www.money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2007/top100.