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
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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