7. Georgia

The Peach State workforce excels and taxes are low, but costs are high.

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Category
Score
2018 Rank
2017 Rank
Grade
Workforce 296 4 3 A+
Infrastructure 263 3 4 A
Cost of Doing Business 155 36 26 (Tie) C
Economy 251 2 1 A+
Quality of Life 138 32 28 (Tie) D
Technology & Innovation 126 21 23 C+
Education 96 29 33 C-
Business Friendliness 84 21 19 C+
Access to Capital 83 8 9 (Tie) A-
Cost of Living 42 9 14 A-
Overall 1534 8 2 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Nathan Deal, Republican

Population: 10,429,379

GDP growth (Q4 2017): 2.5 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2018): 4.2 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 6 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6 percent

Gasoline tax: 31.59 cents/gallon

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

Major private employers: Delta Air Lines, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company

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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