47. Alaska

The oil slump has sent a chill through The Last Frontier, opening a massive budget gap and putting the economy on ice.

Top States 2017 Alaska
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2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Workforce 281 25 38
Infrastructure 170 35 37
Cost of Doing Business 107 42 41
Economy 58 48 41
Quality of Life 179 22 20
Technology & Innovation 68 41 (Tie) 41
Education 70 42 37
Business Friendliness 90 20 (Tie) 25
Access to Capital 5 49 36
Cost of Living 5 46 45
Overall 1033 47 45

Economic Profile

Governor: Bill Walker, Independent

Population: 741,894

GDP growth (Q4 2016): 0.5 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2017): 6.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 9.4 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 0 percent

Gasoline tax: 12.25 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook (Moody's, S&P): Aa2, AA+ Watch Negative

Major private employers: Providence Health & Services, General Communication

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 cents/gallon federal tax), Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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