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America's Top States For Business 2011

#5 Colorado

Top States 2011: Colorado

Category Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 179 30 25
Workforce 243 7 10
Quality of Life 257 7 2
Infrastructure & Transportation 176 26 36
Economy 128 26 8
Education 106 30 29
Technology & Innovation 169 14 12
Business Friendliness 164 6 9
Access to Capital 72 15 15
Cost of Living 18 33 35
OVERALL 1512 5 3

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: John Hickenlooper (D)

Population: 5,029,196

GDP (2009 per capita): $46,199

Unemployment rate (May 2011): 8.7 percent

Foreclosure rate (May 2011): One per 518 households

Budget gap (projected 2012): $988 million

Corporate tax rate: 4.63 percent

Largest employers: CenturyLink, King Soopers, Lockheed Martin

Sources: US Government, RealtyTrac, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Federation of Tax Administrators, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

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