Western Carolina University was recently named to Forbes’ second annual ranking of America’s “Best-In-State Employer.”

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to pinpoint those organizations liked best by employees. The list is divided into 51 rankings – one for each state, plus the District of Columbia. Out of the top 100 organizations to make the North Carolina list, WCU ranked No. 66.

“This is tremendous recognition for Western Carolina University and is a testament to the hard-working, dedicated faculty and staff who make WCU such a special place,” said Cory Causby, WCU’s associate vice chancellor of human resources.

The rankings were compiled after 80,000 Americans working for organizations with at least 500 employees were surveyed. The surveys, which were anonymous, were conducted from October to May.

The respondents were asked to rate their employers on a variety of criteria, including safety of work environment, competitiveness of compensation, opportunities for advancement and openness to telecommuting.

Statista then asked respondents how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others and to nominate organizations in industries outside their own.

The number of businesses ranked in each state was dependent on two factors – the number of qualifying employers and the size of the state’s workforce – and those with operations in more than one state had the opportunity to be listed multiple times.

The final list ranks the 1,461 employers that received the greatest number of recommendations in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.