According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the answer is the economic powerhouse of North Dakota. In fact, 48 of the 50 states and the District that wants to be a state all experienced growth in GDP from 2009 to 2010. But as you look through the changes from state to state, is it largely a reflection of being so far down that the states could not help but get better, is it the effects of winners and losers picked by the President’s spending “stimulus” bill, is it positive results in states where government does not make it difficult to do business, is it something else entirely, or is it some combination thereof?

State GDP Changes
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