29. Nevada

The workforce in the Silver State is solid, and the economy is on the comeback trail. But the state’s education system remains among the worst in the country.

Category
Score
2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 247 25 30
Workforce 177 14 13
Quality of Life 117 35 (Tie) 47
Infrastructure & Transportation 204 19 (Tie) 30
Economy 240 21 50
Education 35 49 50
Technology & Innovation 100 35 42
Business Friendliness 111 22 22
Cost of Living 21 30 17
Access to Capital 18 15 (Tie) 39
Overall 1270 29 45

Economic Profile

Governor: Brian Sandoval, Republican

Population: 2,790,136

GDP growth: 1.0 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 0 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 0 percent

Gasoline tax: 52 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/stable

Major private employer: Wynn Las Vegas

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nevada FY 2013 CAFR

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