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America's Top States For Business 2012

#36 Kentucky (Tie)

Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
Category
Score
2012 Rank
2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 281 1 4
Workforce 166 29 22
Quality of Life 120 45 46
Infrastructure & Transportation 190 22 16
Economy 106 38 36
Education 95 35 32
Technology & Innovation 89 31 36
Business Friendliness 63 41 36
Access to Capital 20 45 34
Cost of Living 47 4 1
OVERALL 1177 36 35

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Steve Beshear (D)

Population: 4,369,356

GDP (per capita): $32,331

Number of S&P companies: 6

Top corporate tax rate: 6.00 percent

Top individual tax rate: 6.00 percent

Gasoline taxes/fees: 27.8 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: Aa2/Negative

SAT scores (average): 1711/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 76

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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