America's Top States For Business 2013

#26 Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri
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St. Louis, Missouri
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 274 19 12
Workforce 89 48 38
Quality of Life 93 47 37
Infrastructure & Transportation 225 5 20
Economy 238 17 29
Education 84 20 20
Technology & Innovation 170 22 21
Business Friendliness 94 29 25
Cost of Living 40 11 14
Access to Capital 14 23 37
Overall 1321 26 27


Governor: Jay Nixon (D)

Population: 6,021,988

GDP growth: 2.0 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 6.8 percent

Top corporate rate: 6.25 percent

Top Individual tax rate: 6 percent

Gasoline tax: 17.3 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aaa/Negative

Major private employers: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St.John's Hospital, University of Missouri, St. Louis University, Cerner Corp., Wells Fargo Advisors, Corizon Health, H&R Block Inc., Anheuser-Busch Co. Inc., Ford Motor Co., Hallmark Marketing Corp.

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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