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27. Wyoming

The Cowboy State is having a hard time lassoing business capital despite strong schools and friendly regulations.

George Kavallines | CNBC
Category Score 2017 Rank 2016 Rank
Workforce 302 17 6
Infrastructure 197 14 (Tie) 12
Cost of Doing Business 191 26 (Tie) 21
Economy 93 43 14
Quality of Life 198 16 11
Technology & Innovation 69 40 48
Education 131 11 3
Business Friendliness 109 13 21
Access to Capital 3 50 50
Cost of Living 36 15 (Tie) 29
Overall 1329 27 13

Economic Profile

Governor: Matt Mead, Republican

Population: 585,501

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 0.2 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 4.1 percent

Top corporate tax rate: None

Top individual income tax rate: None

Gasoline tax: 24 cents/gallon

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

Major private employers: Rio Tinto Energy America, Cloud Peak Energy

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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