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30. New Hampshire

The Granite State offers solid quality of life and low crime rates. Infrastructure is solid, too, but there’s not enough of it.

Category
Score
2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 196 38 (Tie) 41
Cost of Doing Business 118 38 (Tie) 32
Infrastructure 119 43 48
Economy 184 24 (Tie) 33
Quality of Life 251 4 3
Technology & Innovation 114 29 26
Education 134 9 10
Business Friendliness 115 7 13
Cost of Living 18 39 43
Access to Capital 3 48 (Tie) 19
Overall 1252 30 30 (Tie)

Economic Profile

Governor: Maggie Hassan, Democrat

Population: 1,326,813

GDP growth: 2.3 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 3.8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8.5 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 5 percent on interest and dividend earnings

Gasoline tax: 42 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/stable

Major private employer: Demoulas & Market Basket

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

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