17. Oregon

The Beaver State has been busy building one of America’s strongest economies, but business friendliness needs work.

Top States Oregon
Source: George Kavallines
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 205 31 37
Cost of Doing Business 181 27 27
Infrastructure 160 37 (Tie) 37
Economy 267 5 22
Quality of Life 245 6 6
Technology & Innovation 165 14 13
Education 89 34 (Tie) 40 (Tie)
Business Friendliness 49 38 26
Cost of Living 23 36 44
Access to Capital 29 22 (Tie) 22
Overall 1413 17 21

Economic Profile

Governor: Kate Brown, Democrat

Population: 4,028,977

GDP growth: 4.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 4.5 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.6 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 9.9 percent

Gasoline tax: 49.50 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1, stable

Major private employers: Intel Corp., Nike

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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