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America's Top States For Business 2012

#12 Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa
Jeremy Woodhouse | Photographer's Choice RF | Getty Images
Des Moines, Iowa
Category Score 2012 Rank 2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 270 5 1
Workforce 134 37 21
Quality of Life 210 19 18
Infrastructure & Transportation 161 31 37
Economy 227 3 5
Education 108 30 15
Technology & Innovation 101 28 28
Business Friendliness 148 10 11
Access to Capital 45 28 35
Cost of Living 32 19 14
OVERALL 1436 12 9

Governor: Terry Branstad (R)

Population: 3,062,309

GDP (per capita): $41,933

Number of S&P companies: 3

Top corporate tax rate: 12.0 percent

Top individual tax rate: 8.98 percent

Gasoline taxes/fees: 22.0 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: Aaa/Stable

SAT scores (average): 1777/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 66

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

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