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America's Top States For Business 2012

#42 Louisiana

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
Category
Score
2012 Rank
2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 244 9 22
Workforce 213 16 25
Quality of Life 85 50 50
Infrastructure & Transportation 133 40 26
Economy 112 36 28
Education 95 35 33
Technology & Innovation 101 28 34
Business Friendliness 64 40 26
Access to Capital 21 43 35
Cost of Living 34 17 21
OVERALL 1102 42 42

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Bobby Jindal (R)

Population: 4,574,836

GDP (per capita): $45,002

Number of S&P companies: 3

Top corporate tax rate: 8.00 percent

Top individual tax rate: 6.00 percent

Gasoline taxes/fees: 20.0 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: Aa2/Stable

SAT scores (average): 1651/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 74

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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