34. Kansas

Economic uncertainty and budget woes are stunting growth in the Sunflower State despite affordable costs.

George Kavallines | CNBC
2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 245 33 (Tie) 30
Infrastructure 200 12 (Tie) 8
Cost of Doing Business 201 21 26
Economy 78 46 39
Quality of Life 130 35 37 (Tie)
Technology & Innovation 104 31 (Tie) 28
Education 120 18 9 (Tie)
Business Friendliness 105 15 19
Access to Capital 26 36 (Tie) 42
Cost of Living 43 8 16
Overall 1252 34 28

Economic Profile

Governor: Sam Brownback, Republican

Population: 2,907,289

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 0.1 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 3.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 4 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 4.6 percent

Gasoline tax: 24.03 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook (Moody's, S&P): Aa2, AA- negative

Major private employers: Cessna Aircraft Corporation, Sprint Corporation

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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