40. Nevada

The nation’s worst education system tarnishes the Silver State, but the infrastructure is almost golden.

Top States Nevada
Source: George Kavallines
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 215 23 (Tie) 27 (Tie)
Cost of Doing Business 195 22 24
Infrastructure 210 11 33 (Tie)
Economy 151 37 47
Quality of Life 134 41 27 (Tie)
Technology & Innovation 75 42 45
Education 49 50 50
Business Friendliness 76 23 (Tie) 24 (Tie)
Cost of Living 27 33 33
Access to Capital 7 44 43 (Tie)
Overall 1139 40 45

Economic Profile

Governor: Brian Sandoval, Republican

Population: 2,890,845

GDP growth: 2.8 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 6.1 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 0 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 0 percent

Gasoline tax: 52.25 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2, stable

Major private employers: Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas Sands

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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