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America's Top States For Business 2012

#24 Montana

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Category
Score
2012 Rank
2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 253 7 25
Workforce 114 47 30
Quality of Life 213 18 15
Infrastructure & Transportation 203 14 34
Economy 173 18 7
Education 139 16 28
Technology & Innovation 73 39 46
Business Friendliness 63 41 46
Access to Capital 22 42 35
Cost of Living 20 31 30
OVERALL 1273 24 38

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Brian Schweitzer (D)

Population: 998,199

GDP (per capita): $32,041

Number of S&P companies: 0

Top corporate tax rate: 6.75 percent

Top individual tax rate: 6.90 percent

Gasoline taxes/fees: 27.8 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: Aa1/Stable

SAT scores (average): 1592/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 23

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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