America's Top States For Business 2013

#25 Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jeremy Woodhouse | Image Bank | Getty Images
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 354 2 4
Workforce 146 25 21
Quality of Life 98 45 37
Infrastructure & Transportation 197 25 37
Economy 220 24 17
Education 48 48 37
Technology & Innovation 108 35 32
Business Friendliness 95 28 22
Cost of Living 50 1 1
Access to Capital 7 37 35
Overall 1323 25 23


Governor: Mary Fallin (R)

Population: 3,814,820

GDP growth: 2.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 5 percent

Top corporate rate: 6 percent

Top individual tax rate: 5.25 percent

Gasoline tax: 17 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/Stable

Major private employers: Integris Baptist Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, American Airlines, St. John Medical Center, Oklahoma University Children's Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Spriti Aero Systems, Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Firelake Grand Casino, Verizon

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


  • South Dakota, More Than Just Gorgeous Views

    South Dakota is the winner of the annual "America's Top States for Business" study. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the state's economy and its stunning views.

  • Ranking America's Workforces

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reveals how other states fared when it came to their workforce, including a look at education level, retraining programs and union membership.

  • Why South Dakota is Top State for Business

    The cost of doing business was one of the key reasons the Mount Rushmore State captured the top ranking as the best state for business, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.