14. Idaho

It may call itself the Gem State, but Idaho offers very low costs. Education is among the worst in the nation.

2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 203 32 (Tie) 8
Cost of Doing Business 246 6 8
Infrastructure 183 27 34
Economy 205 19 42
Quality of Life 190 22 16
Technology & Innovation 102 33 (Tie) 41
Education 53 47 (Tie) 45
Business Friendliness 103 11 (Tie) 6
Cost of Living 72 3 11
Access to Capital 32 19 21
Overall 1389 14 16

Economic Profile

Governor: Butch Otter, Republican

Population: 1,634,464

GDP growth: 2.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 3.9 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.4 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 7.4 percent

Gasoline tax: 43 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/stable

Major private employer: St. Lukes's Health System

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Idaho FY 2014 CAFR


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