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America's Top States For Business 2012

#4 North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Category
Score
2012 Rank
2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 206 21 9
Workforce 255 3 3
Quality of Life 196 26 33
Infrastructure & Transportation 205 11 3
Economy 132 31 41
Education 140 13 18
Technology & Innovation 163 9 12
Business Friendliness 152 8 11
Access to Capital 69 18 11
Cost of Living 30 21 22
OVERALL 1548 4 3

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Beverly Perdue (D)

Population: 9,656,401

GDP (per capita): $39,879

Number of S&P companies: 14

Top corporate tax rate: 6.90 percent

Top individual tax rate: 7.75 percent

Gasoline taxes/fees: 39.2 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: Aaa/Stable

SAT scores (average): 1475/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 139

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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