Top States for Business

27. Delaware

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The infrastructure is first-rate in the First State. So's the economy. But costs are high and access to capital is poor.

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Delaware Score and Ranking

Category 2021 Score 2021 Rank 2019 Rank 2021 Grade
Cost of Doing Business1763438C
Infrastructure227831B+
Life & Health16035--D+
Workforce2031424B-
Economy169824A-
Business Friendliness1331333B+
Access to Capital563835D-
Technology & Innovation992023B-
Education653935D+
Cost of Living243535D
Overall13122738--

Economic Profile

Governor: John C. Carney Jr., Democrat

Population: 986,809

GDP growth (Q1 2021): 5.6%

Unemployment rate (May 2021): 5.9%

Top corporate tax rate: 8.7%

Top individual income tax rate: 6.6%

Gasoline tax: 23 cents/gallon

Bond rating: (Moody's/S&P): Aaa, stable/AAA, stable

Major private employers: ChristianaCare, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and 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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