35. Vermont (Tie)

The Green Mountain State has high quality of life, but business friendliness and qualified workers are in short supply.

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2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 209 45 47
Infrastructure 176 29 41
Cost of Doing Business 110 41 43
Economy 134 37 26 (Tie)
Quality of Life 259 2 3
Technology & Innovation 108 29 30 (Tie)
Education 143 7 7
Business Friendliness 69 30 30
Access to Capital 19 46 49
Cost of Living 8 43 40
Overall 1235 35 36

Economic Profile

Governor: Phil Scott, Republican

Population: 624,594

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 1.5 percent

Unemployment rate (June 2017): 3.1 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8.5 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 8.95 percent

Gasoline tax: 30.46 cents/gallon

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

Major private employers: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Casella Waste Systems

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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