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America's Top States For Business 2011

#20 Washington

Top States 2011: Washington

Category
Score
2011 Rank
2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 98 43 33
Workforce 165 26 30
Quality of Life 234 13 8
Infrastructure & Transportation 195 18 35
Economy 114 32 18
Education 131 14 22
Technology & Innovation 190 5 5
Business Friendliness 82 31 34
Access to Capital 86 8 5
Cost of Living 14 37 35
OVERALL 1309 20 15

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Christine Gregoire (D)

Population: 6,724,540

GDP (2009 per capita): $45,881

Unemployment rate (May 2011): 9.1 percent

Foreclosure rate (May 2011): One per 781 households

Budget gap (projected 2012): $2.5 billion

Corporate tax rate: None

Largest employers: Boeing, Microsoft, Fred Meyer (Excludes Retail)

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

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