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18. Wyoming

The Cowboy State is riding high when it comes to infrastructure and economy. But capital and innovation are steering clear.

Category
Score
2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 201 34 18
Cost of Doing Business 207 20 18
Infrastructure 229 4 12
Economy 189 23 41
Quality of Life 202 17 (Tie) 16
Technology & Innovation 58 49 46
Education 136 8 12
Business Friendliness 87 19 (Tie) 8
Cost of Living 50 18 33
Access to Capital 1 50 35
Overall 1360 18 21

Economic Profile

Governor: Matt Mead, Republican

Population: 584,153

GDP growth: 5.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 4.1 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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