45. Nevada

The Silver State offers a ready supply of employees, but the workforce is tarnished by the worst education system in the country.

2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 216 27 (Tie) 14
Cost of Doing Business 196 24 25
Infrastructure 160 33 (Tie) 19
Economy 113 47 21
Quality of Life 168 27 (Tie) 35
Technology & Innovation 69 45 35
Education 49 50 49
Business Friendliness 70 24 (Tie) 22
Cost of Living 27 33 30
Access to Capital 8 43 (Tie) 15
Overall 1076 45 29

Economic Profile

Governor: Brian Sandoval, Republican

Population: 2,839,099

GDP growth: 1.0 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 7.0 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 0 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 0 percent

Gasoline tax: 51 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/stable

Major private employer: Wynn Las Vegas

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nevada FY 2014 CAFR


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