Enter multiple symbols separated by commas

America's Top States For Business 2013

#20 Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
Witold Skrypczak | Lonely Planet | Getty Images
Phoenix, Arizona
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 222 31 34
Workforce 228 2 2
Quality of Life 142 29 32
Infrastructure & Transportation 218 10 9
Economy 173 43 44
Education 45 49 49
Technology & Innovation 174 19 21
Business Friendliness 135 16 14
Cost of Living 16 35 34
Access to Capital 9 33 22
Overall 1362 20 22


Governor: Jan Brewer (R)

Population: 6,553,255

GDP growth: 2.6 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 7.8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 6.968 percent

Top individual tax rate: 4.54 percent

Gasoline taxes/fees: 19 cents

Bond rating/outlook: Aa3/Stable

Major private employers: Honeywell International Accounts Payable, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, ON Semiconductor Corp., Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Intel Corp., Scottsdale Healthcare Hospitals, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Providence Service Corp., Boeing Co.

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


  • South Dakota, More Than Just Gorgeous Views

    South Dakota is the winner of the annual "America's Top States for Business" study. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the state's economy and its stunning views.

  • Ranking America's Workforces

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reveals how other states fared when it came to their workforce, including a look at education level, retraining programs and union membership.

  • Why South Dakota is Top State for Business

    The cost of doing business was one of the key reasons the Mount Rushmore State captured the top ranking as the best state for business, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.