Looking at the relocation activity of 19 million companies over the past eight years, Expansion Magazine determined the most popular commercial relocation destinations.
Phoenix topped large metro areas as the best place for recruitment and attraction. Charlotte, N.C., was No. 2. Arizona ranked as the top state.
Maricopa County, however, came in at No. 4 behind counties encompassing the Charlotte area, Fort Myers, Fla., and Austin, Texas.
Two Arizona cities also made the midsize cities list: Tucson at No. 4 and Flagstaff at No. 5. Canton, Ohio, was No. 1. Arizona also was represented on the small cities list with Yuma taking the No. 7 spot. St. Joseph, Mo., was No. 1 in that category. Pinal County took the No. 10 spot among small counties.