22. Oregon

Leave it to the Beaver State to offer an idyllic quality of life and a healthy economy, but also a struggling education system and high cost of living.

Category
Score
2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 194 33 36
Workforce 119 39 39
Quality of Life 200 13 8
Infrastructure & Transportation 195 23 13
Economy 273 10 16
Education 54 39 (Tie) 26
Technology & Innovation 175 22 14
Business Friendliness 101 26 25
Cost of Living 14 37 38
Access to Capital 18 15 (Tie) 11
Overall 1343 22 17

Economic Profile

Governor: John Kitzhaber, Democrat

Population: 3,930,065

GDP growth: 2.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 6.9 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.6 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 9.9 percent

Gasoline tax: 49 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/stable

Major private employer: Intel

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Portland Business Journal

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