10. Florida

The Sunshine State is basking in capital, thanks to a hot economy. Better schools would meet the need for talent.

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Category
Score
2018 Rank
2017 Rank
Grade
Workforce 229 27 22 B-
Infrastructure 247 8 7 B+
Cost of Doing Business 172 31 30 (Tie) C+
Economy 227 9 2 A-
Quality of Life 164 23 24 (Tie) C-
Technology & Innovation 164 7 28 A
Education 84 36 40 (Tie) D+
Business Friendliness 97 16 17 B-
Access to Capital 91 4 4 A
Cost of Living 25 26 27 C
Overall 1500 11 12 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Rick Scott, Republican

Population: 20,984,400

GDP growth Q4 2017): 3.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2018): 3.8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 5.5 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 0 percent

Gasoline tax: 41.36 cents/gallon

Bond rating: (Moody's/S&P): Aa1, stable/AAA, stable

Major private employers: Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, NextEra Energy, 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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