36. Kentucky (Tie)

The Bluegrass State offers low costs for businesses and residents but slim pickings when it comes to skilled workers.

2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 137 49 29
Cost of Doing Business 259 2 (Tie) 14
Infrastructure 202 19 (Tie) 29
Economy 196 21 46
Quality of Life 100 41 42
Technology & Innovation 91 39 37
Education 86 36 (Tie) 35
Business Friendliness 48 40 36
Cost of Living 68 6 1
Access to Capital 10 41 47
Overall 1197 36 (Tie) 39

Economic Profile

Governor: Steve Beshear, Democrat

Population: 4,413,457

GDP growth: 1.0 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 5.1 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 6 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6 percent

Gasoline tax: 44 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/stable

Major private employer: Humana Inc.

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


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