11. Nebraska

Friendly regulations help cultivate business in the Cornhusker State, but innovation is a little slow.

Top States Nebraska
Source: George Kavallines
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 230 19 11
Cost of Doing Business 221 15 (Tie) 15
Infrastructure 198 20 21
Economy 192 19 20
Quality of Life 199 18 15 (Tie)
Technology & Innovation 109 31 32
Education 127 9 (Tie) 16 (Tie)
Business Friendliness 113 7 5 (Tie)
Cost of Living 54 15 8 (Tie)
Access to Capital 20 31 36
Overall 1463 11 7

Economic Profile

Governor: Pete Ricketts, Republican

Population: 1,896,190

GDP growth: 2.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.81 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6.84 percent

Gasoline tax: 46.10 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: No general obligation debt, stable

Major private employers: Wal-Mart, Berkshire Hathaway

Economic profile sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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