America's Top States For Business 2013

#17 Oregon

Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 182 36 23
Workforce 120 39 34
Quality of Life 220 8 17
Infrastructure & Transportation 213 13 16
Economy 239 16 37
Education 77 26 40
Technology & Innovation 197 14 15
Business Friendliness 99 25 17
Cost of Living 13 38 38
Access to Capital 20 11 13
Overall 1380 17 18


Governor: John Kitzhaber (D)

Population: 3,899,353

GDP growth: 3.9 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 7.8 percent

Top corporate rate: 7.6 percent

Top individual tax rate: 9.9 percent

Gasoline tax: 31 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/Stable

Major private employers: Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon State University, Nike Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Peace Health, Samaritan Health Services, University of Oregon, Lane Community College, Portland International Airport, Rogue Valley Medical Center

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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