4. Colorado

The Centennial State joins the Top Five on its economy, innovation and access to capital. Costs aren’t a mile high, but up there.

Category
Score
2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 237 16 (Tie) 5
Cost of Doing Business 136 36 35
Infrastructure 214 14 (Tie) 29
Economy 246 3 8
Quality of Life 230 9 (Tie) 12
Technology & Innovation 181 5 9
Edcucation 109 24 28
Business Friendliness 89 18 16
Cost of Living 30 31 34
Access to Capital 43 8 (Tie) 1
Overall 1515 4 8

Economic Profile

Governor: John Hickenlooper, Democrat

Population: 5,355,866

GDP growth: 4.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 4.3 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 4.63 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 4.63 percent

Gasoline tax: 40 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1/stable

Major private employer: Wal-Mart, Centura Health

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

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