North Carolina was 12th overall in a new ranking of the best state economies by WalletHub. According to the study, NC ranked 9th in “economic health,” and 11th in “innovation potential,” all respectable scores.

The state placed among the top five in only one of the breakout categories WalletHub listed, placing 4th on the “highest state-government surplus per capita” list.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key indicators of economic performance and strength. The data set ranged from GDP growth to startup activity to share of jobs in high-tech industries.

States with the most startup activity were Nevada, Florida, Utah, Colorado, California, and Missouri.

Those with the highest number of jobs in high-tech were Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Washington, and California.

The top 12 states were:

  • Washington
  • Utah
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • Colorado
  • DC
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina.