Top States for Business 2021

21. Wisconsin

The Badger State is strong for secondary education, but it has nagging workforce issues including a lack of diversity.

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Wisconsin Score and Ranking

Category 2021 Score 2021 Rank 2019 Rank 2021 Grade
Cost of Doing Business2361920B
Life, Health & Inclusion17831--D+
Business Friendliness1092326C+
Access to Capital1132125B-
Technology & Innovation1041619B-
Cost of Living422323C+

Economic Profile

Governor: Tony Evers, Democrat

Population: 5,832,655

GDP growth (Q1 2021): 6%

Unemployment rate (May 2021): 3.9%

Top corporate tax rate: 7.9%

Top individual income tax rate: 7.65%

Gasoline tax: 32.90 cents/gallon

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

Major private employers: Wal-Mart, Johnson Controls

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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