Two years into an ongoing global pandemic that's forever transformed the workplace, what makes a good employer? Whether working remotely or from the office, Americans' priorities have changed. Employers have had to motivate talent, combat burnout and ensure the well-being and safety of their workers, while pursuing profits amid a sensitive political landscape that spurred new levels of corporate activism – not to mention a growing divide in what people want from institutions and companies.
It was against this backdrop that Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to compile our fourth annual list of America's Best Employers By State. The list is divided into 51 rankings—one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia—and was compiled by surveying 70,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Surveys were conducted anonymously, allowing participants to freely share their opinions.