15. Kansas

The Sunflower State has a sturdy infrastructure and a solid legal and regulatory climate. But the economy is sluggish, and as far as business capital is concerned, this is flyover country.

Category
Score
2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 237 26 (Tie) 27
Workforce 184 13 17
Quality of Life 156 25 24
Infrastructure & Transportation 232 8 (Tie) 4
Economy 201 31 21
Education 93 14 15
Technology & Innovation 140 27 29
Business Friendliness 150 11 (Tie) 12
Cost of Living 27 24 7
Access to Capital 5 41 (Tie) 35
Overall 1425 15 14

Economic Profile

Governor: Sam Brownback, Republican

Population: 2,893,957

GDP growth: 1.9 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 4.8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 4.8 percent

Gasoline tax: 43 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/Negative

Major private employer: Spirit AeroSystems

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kasas Chamber of Commerce

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