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America's Top States For Business 2012

#7 South Dakota

#7 South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota
Category
Score
2012 Rank
2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 272 3 7
Workforce 220 14 15
Quality of Life 247 7 5
Infrastructure & Transportation 173 27 42
Economy 184 12 11
Education 123 22 20
Technology & Innovation 56 46 49
Business Friendliness 182 1 3
Access to Capital 15 48 35
Cost of Living 21 30 26
OVERALL 1493 7 13

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Dennis Daugaard (R)

Population: 824,082

GDP (per capita): $41,795

Number of S&P companies: 0

Top corporate tax rate: None

Top individual tax rate: None

Gasoline taxes/fees: 24.0 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: No G.O. rating/Stable

SAT scores (average): 1737/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 25

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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