26. New Hampshire

As a place that’s business-friendly, the Granite State is hard to beat. But the infrastructure here is crumbling.

Top States New Hampshire
Source: George Kavallines
Category
Score
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 209 26 (Tie) 38 (Tie)
Cost of Doing Business 119 39 38 (Tie)
Infrastructure 104 49 43
Economy 208 16 24 (Tie)
Quality of Life 256 4 4
Technology & Innovation 118 29 29
Education 126 11 (Tie) 9
Business Friendliness 134 1 7
Cost of Living 14 42 39
Access to Capital 8 43 48 (Tie)
Overall 1296 26 30

Economic Profile

Governor: Maggie Hassan, Democrat

Population: 1,330,608

GDP growth: 0.8 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 2.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8.5 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 5 percent on dividends and interest earnings

Gasoline tax: 42.23 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa1, stable

Major private employers: Demoulas & Market Basket, Albany International

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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