1. Georgia

The Peach State is the cream of the crop for 2014, with the nation’s best workforce and the top infrastructure. But education and quality of life remain weak spots.

Category
Score
2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 268 20 28
Workforce 225 1 1
Quality of Life 133 32 32
Infrastructure & Transportation 254 1 (Tie) 18
Economy 309 3 19
Education 68 32 8
Technology & Innovation 212 16 17
Business Friendliness 141 14 14
Cost of Living 29 22 14
Access to Capital 20 11 (Tie) 5
Overall 1659 1 8

Economic Profile

Governor: Nathan Deal, Republican

Population: 9,992,167

GDP growth: 1.8 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 7.0 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 6 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6 percent

Gasoline tax: 46 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aaa/stable

Major private employer: Delta Air Lines

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administers, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metro Atlanta Chamber

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