26. Wyoming

The Cowboy State is using friendly regulation to attract business, but they’re not bringing in much capital. 

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2018 Rank
2017 Rank
Workforce 238 22 17 B
Infrastructure 231 12 14 (Tie) B
Cost of Doing Business 207 20 26 (Tie) B+
Economy 141 30 43 C
Quality of Life 189 20 16 C+
Technology & Innovation 50 49 40 F
Education 112 21 11 C+
Business Friendliness 108 10 13 B
Access to Capital 9 47 50 F
Cost of Living 31 20 15 (Tie) B-
Overall 1316 26 27 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Matt Mead, Republican

Population: 579,315

GDP growth (Q4 2017): 1.7 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2018): 3.9 percent

Top corporate tax rate: None

Top individual income tax rate: None

Gasoline tax: 24 cents/gallon

Bond rating (Moody's/S&P): No rating/AA+, stable

Major private employers: Rio Tinto Energy America, Cloud Peak Energy

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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