9. North Carolina

The Tar Heel State sticks in the Top 10 this year, tying with California for No. 1 in access to capital. But it lags in education.

2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 237 16 (Tie) 4
Cost of Doing Business 220 17 (Tie) 23
Infrastructure 195 23 (Tie) 21
Economy 237 6 4
Quality of Life 137 33 (Tie) 34
Technology & Innovation 174 10 12
Education 95 30 33
Business Friendliness 90 17 19
Cost of Living 42 23 14
Access to Capital 50 1 (Tie) 17
Overall 1477 9 5

Economic Profile

Governor: Pat McCrory, Republican

Population: 9,943,964

GDP growth: 1.4 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 5.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 5 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 5.75 percent

Gasoline tax: 54 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aaa/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, North Carolina FY 2014 CAFR


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