32. California

Companies come here to get in on the gold rush of venture capital, but high costs and regulation can stifle the dream.

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2019 Rank
2018 Rank
Workforce 290 10 12 B
Economy 228 19 11 B
Infrastructure 164 33 24 C
Cost of Doing Business 45 50 48 F
Quality of Life 203 17 21 C+
Education 85 30 32 C-
Technology & Innovation 141 1 1 A+
Business Friendliness 13 50 50 F
Access to Capital 75 1 1 A+
Cost of Living 2 49 49 F
Overall 1246 32 25 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Gavin Newsom, Democrat

Population: 39,557,045

GDP growth (Q4 2018): 2.2%

Unemployment rate (May 2019): 4.2%

Top corporate tax rate: 8.84%

Top individual income tax rate: 12.3%

Gasoline tax: 60.8 cents/gallon

Bond rating: (Moody's/S&P): Aa3, positive/AA-, stable

Major private employers: Kaiser Permanente, Apple

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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