20. Idaho

You will find precious little regulation in the Gem State, but underfunded schools could use some polish.

George Kavallines | CNBC
2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 245 33 (Tie) 28
Infrastructure 173 32 (Tie) 25
Cost of Doing Business 229 11 (Tie) 6
Economy 204 8 12
Quality of Life 192 18 20 (Tie)
Technology & Innovation 86 36 34
Education 61 44 49
Business Friendliness 122 3 5
Access to Capital 22 41 (Tie) 22 (Tie)
Cost of Living 45 6 7
Overall 1379 20 15

Economic Profile

Governor: Butch Otter, Republican

Population: 1,683,140

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 2.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 3.2 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.4 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 7.4 percent

Gasoline tax: 33 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook (Moody's, S&P): Aa1, AA+ stable

Major private employers: St. Luke's Health System, Micron Technology, Inc.

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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