13. Wyoming (tie)

The Cowboy State is luring businesses with its strong workforce and solid education, but access to capital is still a big issue.

Top States Wyoming
Source: George Kavallines
Category
Score
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 268 6 34
Cost of Doing Business 209 21 20
Infrastructure 208 12 4
Economy 212 14 23
Quality of Life 221 11 17 (Tie)
Technology & Innovation 56 48 49
Education 144 3 8
Business Friendliness 83 21 19 (Tie)
Cost of Living 33 29 18
Access to Capital 1 50 50
Overall 1435 13 18

Economic Profile

Governor: Matt Mead, Republican

Population: 586,107

GDP growth: 0.4 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 5.6 percent

Top corporate tax rate: None

Top individual income tax rate: None

Gasoline tax: 42.40 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: No general obligation debt

Major private employers: Rio Tinto Energy America, Cloud Peak Energy

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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