America's Top States For Business 2013

#10 Idaho

Boise, Idaho
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Boise, Idaho
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 313 7 7
Workforce 193 14 5
Quality of Life 199 16 22
Infrastructure & Transportation 201 20 23
Economy 209 31 23
Education 71 33 48
Technology & Innovation 102 37 38
Business Friendliness 162 5 12
Cost of Living 48 3 9
Access to Capital 6 39 32
Overall 1504 10 13


Governor: C.L. "Butch" Otter (R)

Population: 1,595,728

GDP growth: 0.4 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 6.2 percent

Top corporate rate: 7.4 percent

Top Individual tax rate: 7.4 percent

Gasoline tax: 25 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/Stable (multiple)

Major private employers: Micron Technology, Inc., Boise State University, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, St. Alphonsus Medical Center, Brigham Young University, ON Semiconductor Corp., Royal Fork Restaurant Corp., Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Kootenai Medical Center, Melaleuca 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

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