America's Top States For Business 2013

#44 Alaska

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2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 245 25 44
Workforce 124 36 30
Quality of Life 126 35 26
Infrastructure & Transportation 144 38 37
Economy 221 23 4
Education 67 35 32
Technology & Innovation 54 50 50
Business Friendliness 151 10 39
Cost of Living 2 49 49
Access to Capital 6 39 48
Overall 1140 44 47


Governor: Sean Parnell (R)

Population: 731,449

GDP growth: 1.1 percent

Unemployment rate: 5.9 percent

Top corporate rate: 9.4 percent

Top individual tax rate: None

Gasoline tax: 8 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aaa/Stable

Major private employers: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Uni Sea Inc., Providence Alaska Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Teleco Telephone of Alaska, McKinley Chalet Resort, University of Alaska-Anchorage, RJ's Hardware & General Store, Trident Seafoods Corp,, Alveska Seafoods Inc.

Economic profile sources: American Petroleum Institute (April 2013), Bureau of Economic Analysis (2012), Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2013 release), CareerOneStop, Moody's Investors Service (senior-most tax-backed ratings), National Governors Association, Tax Foundation (2013), U.S. Census Bureau (2012 estimate)

Top States For Business 2013

From the Governors


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