America's Top States For Business 2013

#31 Delaware

Wilmington Delaware
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2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 246 24 32
Workforce 136 30 36
Quality of Life 127 34 49
Infrastructure & Transportation 143 39 27
Economy 216 27 19
Education 69 34 31
Technology & Innovation 97 39 40
Business Friendliness 182 1 19
Cost of Living 14 37 37
Access to Capital 19 14 30
Overall 1249 31 43


Governor: Jack Markell (D)

Population: 917,092

GDP growth: 0.2 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 7.2 percent

Top corporate rate: 8.7 percent

Top individual tax rate: 6.75 percent

Gasoline tax: 23.0 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aaa/Stable

Major private employers: Christiana Care HealthSystem, Mountaire Farms of Delaware, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Bayhealth Medical Center, Allen Harim Foods LLC, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Delaware Park Management Co. LLC, Invista, 21st Century Insurance and Financial Services, JP Morgan Private Bank

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

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