14. Nebraska

The Cornhusker State has great schools, but the economy lacks momentum.

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Category
Score
2018 Rank
2017 Rank
Grade
Workforce 238 22 20 B
Infrastructure 197 29 26 (Tie) C+
Cost of Doing Business 255 2 13 A+
Economy 128 37 27 D+
Quality of Life 208 11 10 (Tie) B
Technology & Innovation 104 31 33 C-
Education 149 3 5 (Tie) A
Business Friendliness 103 12 6 B
Access to Capital 31 33 41 (Tie) D
Cost of Living 36 15 13 B+
Overall 1449 14 13 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Pete Ricketts, Republican

Population: 1,920,076

GDP growth (Q4 2017): 0.9 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2018): 2.8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 7.81 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6.84 percent

Gasoline tax: 27.90 cents/gallon

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

Major private employers: Wal-Mart, Berkshire Hathaway

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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