6. Colorado

The only trouble with the Centennial State’s celebrated workforce is that there aren’t enough workers available to hire.

George Kavallines | CNBC
2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 354 4 1
Infrastructure 177 28 29
Cost of Doing Business 126 38 37
Economy 195 13 2
Quality of Life 201 14 (Tie) 12
Technology & Innovation 167 7 8
Education 129 12 25
Business Friendliness 114 8 (Tie) 9
Access to Capital 80 12 8
Cost of Living 19 32 32
Overall 1562 6 3

Economic Profile

Governor: John Hickenlooper, Democrat

Population: 5,540,545

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 3.6 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 2.3 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 4.63 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 4.63 percent

Gasoline tax: 22 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook (Moody's, S&P): Aa3, AA stable

Major private employers: Wal-Mart, Centura Health, Dish Network Corp.

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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