America's Top States For Business 2013

#27 New Hampshire

Littleton, New Hampshire
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Littleton, New Hampshire
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 276 18 35
Workforce 127 33 44
Quality of Life 219 9 1
Infrastructure & Transportation 103 45 46
Economy 173 43 34
Education 108 2 8
Technology & Innovation 135 27 26
Business Friendliness 145 13 2
Cost of Living 11 40 40
Access to Capital 18 15 19
Overall 1315 27 19


Governor: Maggie Hassan (D)

Population: 1,320,718

GDP growth: 0.5 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 5.3 percent

Top corporate rate: 8.5 percent

Top individual tax rate: 5 percent

Gasoline tax: 19.6 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/Stable

Major private employers: University System of New Hampshire, Elliot Hospital, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Care System, Fidelity Investments, J. Jill Group Distribution Center, Concord Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, Whirlpool 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

From the Governors


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