America's Top States For Business 2013

#46 Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
Jorg Greuel | Image Bank | Getty Images
Las Vegas, Nevada
2013 Rank
2012 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 226 30 30
Workforce 194 13 13
Quality of Life 93 47 46
Infrastructure & Transportation 185 30 5
Economy 96 50 50
Education 28 50 50
Technology & Innovation 94 42 44
Business Friendliness 111 22 18
Cost of Living 34 17 22
Access to Capital 6 39 34
Overall 1067 46 45


Governor: Brian Sandoval (R)

Population: 2,758,931

GDP growth: 1.5 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2013): 9.5 percent

Top corporate rate: None

Top individual tax rate: None

Gasoline tax: 33.1 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/Stable

Major private employers: Bellagio Hotel, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Wynn Las Vegas LLC, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Renown Regional Medical Center, Senior Dimensions

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.