40. Delaware

The First State comes nowhere close in nearly every aspect of our study, but its workers are among the most productive.

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Category
Score
2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 307 15 13
Infrastructure 167 36 36
Cost of Doing Business 114 40 38
Economy 119 39 26 (Tie)
Quality of Life 127 37 (Tie) 28
Technology & Innovation 131 18 (Tie) 27
Education 81 36 45
Business Friendliness 89 22 11
Access to Capital 25 38 (Tie) 46 (Tie)
Cost of Living 18 33 48
Overall 1178 40 37

Economic Profile

Governor: John Carney, Democrat

Population: 952,065

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 1.6 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 4.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8.7 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6.6 percent

Gasoline tax: 23 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook (Moody's, S&P): Aaa, AAA stable

Major private employers: Christiana Care Health Systems, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

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 (excluding 18.40 cent/gallon federal tax), Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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