18. New Hampshire

It is hard to beat the friendly regulations, but the Granite State’s infrastructure doesn’t match its nickname.

George Kavallines | CNBC
Category
Score
2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 312 14 26 (Tie)
Infrastructure 105 49 49
Cost of Doing Business 124 39 39
Economy 176 22 (Tie) 16
Quality of Life 218 6 4
Technology & Innovation 130 21 29
Education 142 8 11 (Tie)
Business Friendliness 146 1 1
Access to Capital 33 32 (Tie) 43
Cost of Living 11 30 42
Overall 1397 18 26

Economic Profile

Governor: Chris Sununu, Republican

Population: 1,334,795

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 2.4 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 2.9 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8.2 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 5 percent

Gasoline tax: 23.83 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook (Moody's, S&P): Aa1, AA 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 (excluding 18.40 cent/gallon federal tax), Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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