33. Nevada

Great infrastructure and low costs help the Silver State, but educational opportunities are poor.

A roulette table in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
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A roulette table in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Category
Score
2018 Rank
2017 Rank
Grade
Workforce 194 37 41 C-
Infrastructure 247 8 8 B+
Cost of Doing Business 250 3 18 A+
Economy 204 15 10 (Tie) B+
Quality of Life 122 40 34 F
Technology & Innovation 57 47 50 F
Education 41 50 50 F
Business Friendliness 92 19 18 B-
Access to Capital 45 26 26 C-
Cost of Living 15 36 36 D
Overall 1267 33 39 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Brian Sandoval, Republican

Population: 2,998,039

GDP growth (Q4 2017): 3.0 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2018): 4.8 percent

Top corporate tax rate: None (levies a gross receipts tax)

Top individual income tax rate: None

Gasoline tax: 33.78 cents/gallon

Bond rating (Moody's/S&P): Aa2, stable/AA, stable

Major private employers: Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas Sands

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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