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28. Montana

Big Sky Country offers pristine quality of life and a strong infrastructure. But its workforce is among the least productive.

Category
Score
2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 141 48 46
Cost of Doing Business 223 16 12
Infrastructure 218 12 (Tie) 25
Economy 216 16 (Tie) 38
Quality of Life 211 13 (Tie) 11
Technology & Innovation 76 41 (Tie) 45
Education 93 32 (Tie) 21
Business Friendliness 59 30 42
Cost of Living 32 30 25
Access to Capital 12 39 (Tie) 27
Overall 1281 28 33

Economic Profile

Governor: Steve Bullock, Democrat

Population: 1,023,579

GDP growth: 1.8 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 3.9 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 6.75 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6.9 percent

Gasoline tax: 46 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/stable

Major private employer: Wal-Mart, Albertson's

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

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