13. Nebraska

Strong schools turn out smart workers in the business-friendly Cornhusker State, but there is no bumper crop of capital.

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2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 288 20 19
Infrastructure 178 26 (Tie) 20
Cost of Doing Business 223 13 15 (Tie)
Economy 158 27 19
Quality of Life 208 10 (Tie) 18
Technology & Innovation 101 33 31
Education 147 5 (Tie) 9 (Tie)
Business Friendliness 118 6 7
Access to Capital 22 41 (Tie) 31
Cost of Living 38 13 15
Overall 1481 13 11

Economic Profile

Governor: Pete Ricketts, Republican

Population: 1,907,116

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 1.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 2.9 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.81 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6.84 percent

Gasoline tax: 28.20 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook (Moody's, S&P): Aa2, AAA stable

Major private employers: Wal-Mart, Berkshire Hathaway

Economic profile sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute (excluding 18.40 cent/gallon federal tax), Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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