7. Nebraska

The Cornhusker State is friendly to businesses and residents alike, and inexpensive, too. But innovation can be in short supply.

2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 249 11 16
Cost of Doing Business 224 15 10
Infrastructure 200 21 18
Economy 197 20 11
Quality of Life 208 15 (Tie) 8
Technology & Innovation 105 32 40
Education 118 16 (Tie) 19
Business Friendliness 116 5 (Tie) 3
Cost of Living 65 8 (Tie) 21
Access to Capital 15 36 35
Overall 1497 7 4

Economic Profile

Governor: Pete Ricketts, Republican

Population: 1,881,503

GDP growth: 0.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 2.6 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.81 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6.84 percent

Gasoline tax: 44 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/stable

Major private employer: Wal-Mart

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


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