15. Idaho

Low costs and friendly regulation make the Gem State sparkle. But the education system badly needs polish.

Top States Idaho
Source: George Kavallines
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 208 28 32 (Tie)
Cost of Doing Business 243 6 6
Infrastructure 189 25 27
Economy 226 12 19
Quality of Life 195 20 (Tie) 22
Technology & Innovation 102 34 33 (Tie)
Education 56 49 47 (Tie)
Business Friendliness 115 5 11 (Tie)
Cost of Living 66 7 3
Access to Capital 29 22 (Tie) 19
Overall 1429 15 14

Economic Profile

Governor: Butch Otter, Republican

Population: 1,654,930

GDP growth: 1.9 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 3.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.4 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 7.4 percent

Gasoline tax: 50.40 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1, stable

Major private employers: St. Luke's Health System, Micron Technology, Inc.

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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