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America's Top States For Business 2012

Arkansas #20

Little Rock, Arkansas
Wesley Hitt | Photographer's Choice RF | Getty Images
Little Rock, Arkansas
Category Score 2012 Rank 2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 279 2 1
Workforce 229 11 10
Quality of Life 130 43 45
Infrastructure & Transportation 161 31 40
Economy 170 20 9
Education 112 28 31
Technology & Innovation 69 41 44
Business Friendliness 82 32 44
Access to Capital 27 40 35
Cost of Living 46 5 4
OVERALL 1305 20 33

Governor: Mike Beebe (D)

Population: 2,937,979

GDP (per capita): $31,142

Number of S&P companies: 4

Top corporate tax rate: 6.50 percent

Top individual tax rate: 7.00 percent

Gasoline taxes/fees: 21.8 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: Aa1/Stable

SAT scores (average): 1692/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 51

Sources: Census Bureau (2011), Standard & Poor's (2012), Tax Foundation (2012), American Petroleum Institute (2012), Bureau Labor Statistics (2011), National Center For Education Statistics (2011), Moody's (2012), CNBC

America's Top States For Business