17. Wisconsin

The Badger State has a strong infrastructure and top-notch education system, yet its workforce is not growing fast enough to meet demand.

Category
Score
2014 Rank
2013 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 237 26 (Tie) 28
Workforce 117 40 40
Quality of Life 159 24 19
Infrastructure & Transportation 226 10 (Tie) 17
Economy 233 22 34
Education 98 10 (Tie) 13
Technology & Innovation 182 20 19
Business Friendliness 103 25 24
Cost of Living 28 23 28
Access to Capital 7 37 (Tie) 21
Overall 1390 17 22

Economic Profile

Governor: Scott Walker, Republican

Population: 5,742,713

GDP growth: 1.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2014): 5.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.9 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 7.65 percent

Gasoline tax: 51 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/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, Wisconsin FY 2013 CAFR

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