America's Top States For Business 2013

#14 Kansas

Wichita, Kansas
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Wichita, Kansas
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 234 27 35
Workforce 180 17 18
Quality of Life 169 24 24
Infrastructure & Transportation 230 4 6
Economy 228 21 14
Education 86 15 21
Technology & Innovation 132 29 30
Business Friendliness 148 12 16
Cost of Living 44 7 10
Access to Capital 8 35 25
Overall 1459 14 15


Governor: Sam Brownback (R)

Population: 2,885,905

GDP growth: 1.4 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 5.7 percent

Top corporate rate: 7 percent

Top individual tax rate: 4.9 percent

Gasoline tax: 25 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/Negative

Major private employers: Sprint-Nextel, Cessna Aircraft Co., Hawker Beechcraft Corp., Via Christi Hospital, FairPoint Communications, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Johnson County Community College, Kansas State University, Koch Industries Inc., Tyson Fresh Meats

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)

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