24. New Hampshire

No state offers more solid protections to business than the Granite State. But the infrastructure is ailing.

A covered bridge stands over the Saco River in Conway, New Hampshire.
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A covered bridge stands over the Saco River in Conway, New Hampshire.
Category
Score
2018 Rank
2017 Rank
Grade
Workforce 241 19 14 B
Infrastructure 123 49 49 F
Cost of Doing Business 124 40 39 D+
Economy 161 22 22 (Tie) C+
Quality of Life 225 5 6 B+
Technology & Innovation 116 26 21 C
Education 157 2 8 A+
Business Friendliness 146 1 1 A+
Access to Capital 24 41 32 (Tie) F
Cost of Living 12 39 30 D-
Overall 1329 24 18 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Chris Sununu, Republican

Population: 1,342,795

GDP growth (Q4 2017): 2.5 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2087): 2.7 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8.2 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 5 percent

Gasoline tax: 23.83 cents/gallon

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

Major private employers: Demoulas & Market Basket, Albany International

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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