4. Nebraska

The Cornhusker State offers one of the nation’s friendliest regulatory climates. Its economy is strong, and so is its quality of life. But the state trails in innovation and access to capital.

Category
Score
2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 319 10 10
Workforce 174 16 23
Quality of Life 219 8 (Tie) 4
Infrastructure & Transportation 205 18 16
Economy 263 11 (Tie) 4
Education 90 19 30
Technology & Innovation 95 40 36
Business Friendliness 174 3 3
Cost of Living 30 21 5
Access to Capital 8 35 (Tie) 39
Overall 1577 4 4

Economic Profile

Governor: Dave Heineman, Republican

Population: 3,850,568

GDP growth: 3.0 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 3.6 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.81 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6.84 percent

Gasoline tax: 46 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: No Governmental Obligations/stable

Major private employer: Werner Enterprises

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

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