21. Wyoming

The Equality State receives high marks for education and infrastructure, and its business regulations are almost unparalleled. But innovation is not this state’s strong suit.

2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 278 18 (Tie) 9
Workforce 169 18 16
Quality of Life 193 16 (Tie) 11
Infrastructure & Transportation 224 12 9
Economy 168 41 15
Education 95 12 (Tie) 20
Technology & Innovation 52 46 47
Business Friendliness 160 8 8
Cost of Living 18 33 27
Access to Capital 8 35 (Tie) 39
Overall 1365 21 9

Economic Profile

Governor: Matt Mead, Republican

Population: 582,658

GDP growth: 7.6 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 3.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 0 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 0 percent

Gasoline tax: 42 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: No Governmental Obligations

Major private employer: Rio Tinto Energy America

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BusinessClimate

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