30. New Hampshire (Tie)

Quality of life and education is rock solid in the Granite State, although the cost of living is high. A much needed improvement: the state's infrastructure.

Category
Score
2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 207 32 18
Workforce 116 41 (Tie) 33
Quality of Life 241 3 9
Infrastructure & Transportation 93 48 45
Economy 196 33 43
Education 98 10 (Tie) 2
Technology & Innovation 141 26 27
Business Friendliness 145 13 13
Cost of Living 8 43 40
Access to Capital 16 19 (Tie) 15
Overall 1261 30 (Tie) 27

Economic Profile

Governor: Maggie Hassan, Democrat

Population: 1,323,459

GDP growth: 0.9 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 4.4 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8.5 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 5 percent on interest and dividend earnings

Gasoline tax: 38 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/stable

Major private employer: Wal-Mart

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

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