35. Connecticut

This state lavishes attention on its great schools, but it can take be difficult to endure the high costs.

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2019 Rank
2018 Rank
Workforce 261 15 16 C+
Economy 138 43 45 D
Infrastructure 147 43 47 D+
Cost of Doing Business 100 43 46 D
Quality of Life 194 20 22 C+
Education 118 8 9 A-
Technology & Innovation 105 18 17 B
Business Friendliness 99 21 26 C+
Access to Capital 47 20 18 B-
Cost of Living 8 43 43 F
Overall 1217 35 37 -

Economic Profile

Governor: Ned Lamont, Democrat

Population: 3,572,045

GDP growth (Q4 2018): 1.8%

Unemployment rate (May 2019): 3.8%

Top corporate tax rate: 7.5%

Top individual income tax rate: 6.99%

Gasoline tax: 36.85 cents/gallon

Bond rating: (Moody's/S&P): A1, stable/A, positive

Major private employers: United Technologies Corp., General Electric Company

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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