America's Top States For Business 2013

#9 Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming
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Jackson, Wyoming
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 307 9 10
Workforce 182 16 20
Quality of Life 212 11 9
Infrastructure & Transportation 219 9 26
Economy 243 15 1
Education 84 20 11
Technology & Innovation 72 47 48
Business Friendliness 160 8 20
Cost of Living 24 27 27
Access to Capital 6 39 35
Overall 1509 9 10


Governor: Matthew Mead (R)

Population: 576,412

GDP growth: 0.2 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 4.6 percent

Top corporate rate: None

Top individual tax rate: None

Gasoline tax: 14 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: No general obligation debt, no rating from Moody's

Major private employers: University of Wyoming, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Wyoming Medical Center, Powder River Coal LLC, FMC Industrial Chemicals Group, Jackson Lake Lodge, North Antelope Mine, Weatherford, Grand Teton Lodge Co., Walmart Distribution 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

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