Economic Development

Nevada Business Overview

Businesses which relocate or expand to Nevada are often amazed at how easy it is to start up and operate their business here. 

Nevada has been consistently one of the top 10 most business friendly states with excellent tax advantages* such as:

  • No corporate or personal income tax
  • No inventory tax
  • No franchise tax
  • No unitary tax
  • No special intangible tax

*see Taxes & Incentives for more detail 

Nevada also has an abundance of reasonably priced real estate.  To search for the perfect property for your company, visit Nevada Site Locator.

Return to TopBusiness Resources

Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada, Reno
This program provides free assistance to help minimize waste and comply with State and federal hazardous waste and air regulations.

Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER)
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) was established in 1975 to make available academic expertise in research projects that assist in the development of the Nevada economy, with special emphasis on the Southern Nevada business community. The center also aims to assist state and local agencies and private-sector enterprises in the collection and analysis of economic and market data in a way that contributes to the diversification and growth of the Southern Nevada economy. An important part of CBER's ongoing work is to collect, analyze and disseminate data on Nevada's businesses and economy.

Nevada Industry Excellence
Nevada Industry Excellence (formerly MAP) assists businesses in the manufacturing, construction and mining industries to become the premier industry leaders in the Nevada market. That’s because Nevada Industry Excellence enables businesses to be flexible and responsive in a rapidly changing marketplace, by providing the expert resources and programs to improve processes, increase efficiencies and productivity.

Nevada Small Business Administration

SBA provides assistances primarily through Access to Capital (Business Financing), Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training), Government Contracting (Federal Procurement) and Advocacy (Voice for Small Business).

Nevada Small Business Development Center (NSBDC)
The Nevada Small Business Development Center is a statewide business assistance outreach program of the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Business. We provide a wide variety of technical assistance to support Nevada Business.

Business Success Center

The Business Success Center was started for people that want to learn how to start a business or to assist existing owners expand.  They provide free counseling to support entrepreneaurs and economic development in Southern Nevada.

Nevada Tech Transfer
In a cooperative effort with USC ETTC NASA's Far West Regional Technology Transfer, the center assists inventors and entrepreneurs applying for SBIR funding through the Federal government and identification of other possible loan sources.

SCORE Southern Nevada Chapter | Northern Nevada Chapter

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry

The Department of Business and Industry is a cabinet level agency in Nevada State government. Our objective is to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a fair and competitive regulatory environment. The Director’s office manages a number of programs and initiatives to address the needs of small businesses, homeowners and consumers including small business advocacy, bond programs, access to capital, housing retention programs, constituent services and fraud prevention and education.

Return to TopFinancial Resources

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Industrial Development Revenue Bonds
Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (IDRBs) are a type of tax-exempt municipal bond/public debt instrument.  Proceeds are utilized by private manufacturing companies interested in locating a facility in Nevada or expanding an existing Nevada-based business.

Nevada Small Business Administration

SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development provides grants and guaranteed loans to agriculture producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements to their businesses.  Through REAP, agricultural producers and rural business owners are able to decrease their energy expenses, which allows them to increase their earnings.

Silver State Opportunities Fund

The Nevada Silver State Opportunities Fund (SSOF) manages $50 million of capital dedicated to investing in compelling businesses located in Nevada, looking to expand in Nevada, or seeking to relocate to Nevada.

State Small Business Credit Initiative

Access to capital funding is available through two new programs for small businesses in Nevada so they can grow and diversify. Nevada has been awarded $13.8 million in federal capital funding to support our state’s Nevada Collateral Support Program and Nevada Microenterprise Initiative programs.

Nevada Collateral Support Program

The intent of the Nevada Collateral Support Program is to supply cash collateral accounts to Nevada financial institutions to enhance the collateral coverage of
borrowers.

Nevada Microenterprise Initiative

To enhance the economic self-sufficiency and quality of life of low to moderate income individuals through entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to loans for new and expanding business throughout the State of Nevada.

Sources: *Site Selection Magazine, November 2014 issue, **State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry, 2014

Return to TopNevada's Largest Employers

Employer City Industry Code Number of Employees
Clark County School District Las Vegas Elementary & Secondary Schools 611110 30,000 - 39,999
Washoe County School District Reno Elementary & Secondary Schools 611110 8,500 - 8,999
Clark County Las Vegas Executive & Legislative Offices Combined 921140 8,500 - 8,999
Wynn Las Vegas LLC Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 8,000 - 8,499
Bellagio, LLC Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 8,000 - 8,499
MGM Grand Hotel/Casino Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 8,000 - 8,499
Aria Resort & Casino LLC Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 7,500 - 7,999
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 7,000 - 7,499
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 6,000 - 6,499
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas Colleges and Universities 611310 5,000 - 5,499
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Las Vegas Police Protection 922120 4,500 - 4,999
The Venetian Casino Resort Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 4,500 - 4,999
Mirage Casino-Hotel Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 4,500 - 4,999
University of Nevada, Reno Reno Colleges and Universities 611310 4,000 - 4,499
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 4,000 - 4,499
The Palazzo Casino Resort Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 3,500 - 3,999
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada Las Vegas General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 622110 3,500 - 3,999
Encore Las Vegas Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 3,000 - 3,499
Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Casino Hotels 721120 3,000 - 3,499
Southwest Airlines Co. Las Vegas Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 481111 3,000 - 3,499

Source: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Second Quarter 2014

Return to TopMilitary Bases & Installations

Base/Installation Branch of Service City/
County
Total Civilian
Force
Active Duty
Personnel
Dependents
Creech Air Force Base Air Force Indian Springs/
Clark
838* 120,099* 25,907*
Nellis Air Force Base Air Force Las Vegas/Clark
Fallon Naval Air Station Navy Fallon/Churchill      

Source: Military Bases in Nevada, *Economic Impact Analysis Fiscal Year 2013

Return to TopFortune 1000 Companies with Headquarters in Nevada

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
Boyd Gaming 749 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
Caesars Entertainment   318 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
International Game Technology 874 Industrial Machinery Reno
Las Vegas Sands 211 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
MGM Resorts International 287 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas
Microsoft Licensing Microsoft Corporation 34 Computer Software Reno
NV Energy Berkshire Hathaway 718 Utility: Gas & Electric Las Vegas
Southwest Gas   983 Utility: Gas & Electric Las Vegas
U-Haul Amerco 822 Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno
Wynn Resorts   452 Hotels/Casinos/Resorts Las Vegas

Source: 2015 Fortune 500+ List

Fortune 1000 Companies with a Presence in Nevada

Company Division Of Ranking Description Location
Abbott Labs  
136
Pharmaceuticals Las Vegas
ABF  ArcBest
889
Trucking/Truck Leasing  
ABM Industries  
512
Diversified Outsourcing Reno/Sparks/Las Vegas
Aecom Technology  
332
Engineering, Construction Las Vegas
Aetna  
57
Health Care: Insurance & Managed Care Henderson
Aflac  
125
Insurance: Life & Health Reno/Las Vegas
Agilent Technologies  
384
Scientific, Photographic & Control Equipment  Reno/N.Las Vegas
Airgas  
498
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks/Winnemucca/Las Vegas
AIS Gallagher Risk Management Arthur J. Gallagher
706
Diversified Financials Las Vegas
Alcoa  
130
Metals Sparks
Alere Medical  
725
Medical Products & Equipment Reno
Amazon.com  
35
Internet Services & Retailing Fernley/Las Vegas
American Eagle Outfitters Distribution Center  
681
Specialty Retailers: Apparel Reno
American International Group (AIG) Call Center  
40
Health Care: Insurance & Managed Care Las Vegas
American Tire Distributors  
616
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks/Las Vegas
AmerisourceBergen  
28
Wholesalers: Health Care Reno
Anixter International  
420
Wholesalers: Diversified Reno/Las Vegas
Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix)  
638
Education Reno/Las Vegas/Henderson
Apple (Data Center)  
5
Computers, Office Equipment Sparks
Applied Industrial Technologies  
852
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks/North Las Vegas
Apria Healthcare Group  
848
Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services Reno/Sparks/Las Vegas/Henderson
Aramark  
209
Diversified Outsourcing Reno/Sparks/Las Vegas
Armstrong World Industries  
779
Building Materials, Glass Las Vegas
Arrow Electronics Distribution  
138
Wholesalers: Electronics & Office Equipment Reno
Art Institute of Las Vegas Education Management Corp
837
Education Las Vegas
Automatic Data Processing (ADP)  
243
Diversified Outsourcing Las Vegas
Baker Hughes  
132
Oil and Gas Equipment, Services Battle Mountain
Barnes & Noble Distribution  
381
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company  
4
  Reno, Las Vegas (NV Energy)
Berry Plastics Corp Berry Plastics Group
528
Packaging, Containers Henderson
C.H. Robinson Worldwide  
220
Transportation and Logistics Reno/Las Vegas
Cabela's  
646
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
Cardinal Health Distribution  
22
Wholesalers: Health Care Reno/Las Vegas
CarMax  
240
Automotive Retailing, Services Reno/Henderson/Las Vegas
Caterpillar Logistics Services Caterpillar Inc
49
Construction and Farm Machinery Elko
CH2M Hill   
415
Engineering,Construction Reno/Henderson/Las Vegas
Cintas  
572
Diversified Outsourcing Sparks/Las Vegas/N. Las Vegas/Henderson
Cisco Systems   
55
Network and Other Communications Equipment Reno/Las Vegas
Clean Harbors Environmental Services Clean Harbors
656
Waste Management Sparks/North Las Vegas
Coca-Cola Bottling  
58
Beverages Sparks/Las Vegas
Commercial Metals  
370
Metals Las Vegas
ConAgra  
184
Food Consumer Products Sparks
Con-Way Western Express Con-Way Freight
464
Transportation and Logistics Sparks/N. Las Vegas
Core-Mark Distributors Core-Mark Holding
346
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Reno/Las Vegas
Costco Wholesale  
19
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno/Sparks/Carson City/Las Vegas/Henderson
Cummins Rocky Mountain Cummins Inc
168
Construction and Farm Machinery Sparks/Elko/Henderson
D.R. Horton  
418
Homebuilders Reno/Las Vegas
Dentsply International  
735
Medical Products & Equipment Las Vegas
DeVry University DeVry Education Group
978
Education Henderson
Dr Pepper/7-Up Bottling Co of the West Dr Pepper/Snapple Group
430
Beverages Reno
Dupont Western Distribution Center E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
72
Chemicals Reno
Ecolab  
213
Chemicals Reno/Las Vegas
Emcor Services Nevada Emcor Group
407
Engineering, Construction Las Vegas
FedEx Freight FedEx Corp
64
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Sparks/Elko/Las Vegas
Flowserve Corp  
501
Industrial Machinery Las Vegas
GE Energy (formerly Bently Nevada) General Electric
9
Diversified Financials Minden
General Motors Parts Distribution General Motors Corp
7
Motor Vehicles and Parts Reno
Genuine Parts Company  
205
Wholesalers: Diversified Las Vegas
Genworth Financial Genworth Financial Securities Corp
291
Insurance: Life & Health Henderson
Global Payments Gaming Division Global Payments
867
Financial Data Services Las Vegas
Granite Construction Nevada Operations Granite Construction
900
Engineering,Construction Sparks/Las Vegas
Graybar Electric  
449
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks/Las Vegas
Halliburton  
103
Oil and Gas Equipment, Services Battle Mountain
Harley Davidson Financial Services Harley Davidson USA
433
Transportation Equipment Carson City
Henry Schein Distribution Henry Schein Inc
292
Wholesalers: Health Care Sparks
Hidden Valley Ranch Clorox Products
451
Household and Personal Products Reno
Honeywell International   
77
Aerospace and Defense Sparks/Las Vegas
Hyatt Hotels  
584
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Reno/Incline Village/Las Vegas
Icahn Enterprises  
143
Motor Vehicles and Parts Henderson
International Business Machines (IBM)  
23
Information Technology Services Las Vegas
Intuit Financial Services Intuit
544
Computer Software Reno
Itron  
984
Electronics, Electrical Equipment Henderson
J.B. Hunt Transport Services  
454
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
J.C. Penney West Coast Fulfillment Center J.C. Penney
235
General Merchandisers Reno
John Deere Dealers Deere & Company
80
Construction and Farm Machinery Sparks/Yerington/Elko/ N. Las Vegas/Las Vegas
Johnson Controls  
68
Motor Vehicles and Parts Las Vegas
Joy Global  
493
Construction and Farm Machinery Elko
KAR Auction Services  
918
Wholesalers: Diversified N. Las Vegas
Kennametal  
814
Industrial Machinery Fallon
Kinder Morgan Terminals Kinder Morgan
206
Pipelines Sparks/Las Vegas
Kmart Distribution Center Sears Holdings
87
General Merchandisers Sparks
Landstar System  
786
Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno/Las Vegas
Lennar Corporation  
431
Homebuilders Reno/Henderson/Las Vegas
Lockheed Martin  
59
Aerospace and Defense Nellis AFB/Las Vegas
M Resort,The Penn National Gaming
740
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Las Vegas
Marriott International  
219
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Reno/Henderson/Las Vegas
Martin Marietta  
923
Building Materials, Glass Sparks
Masco Paint Manufacturing Masco
323
Home Equipment, Furnishings Sparks
McKesson  
15
Wholesalers: Health Care Las Vegas
Merck West Coast Order Fulfillment Center Merck & Co
65
Pharmaceuticals Reno
Metrix Instrument Roper Industries
693
Scientific, Photographic & Control Equipment  Minden
MSC Industrial Supply
West Coast Fulfillment Center
MSC Industrial Direct
854
Wholesalers: Diversified Fernley
National Security Technologies Babcock & Wilcox
690
Industrial Machinery N. Las Vegas/Nellis AFB
Navistar Parts Distribution Navistar International
259
Motor Vehicles and Parts Las Vegas
Netflix Distribution Center Netflix
563
Specialty Retailers: Other Las Vegas
Newmont Mining  
327
Mining, Crude-Oil Production Carlin/Golconda/Valmy
Northrop Grumman  
122
Aerospace and Defense Fallon/Nellis AFB/Las Vegas
Old Dominion Freight Line  
876
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks/Elko/Las Vegas
Oracle Corporation  
82
Computer Software Reno
Paccar Leasing /  Parts Distribution  Paccar
169
Motor Vehicles and Parts Sparks / N. Las Vegas
Parker Hannifin / Veriflo  
217
Industrial Machinery Reno/Carson City
Paychex Payroll Outsourcing Paychex
879
Diversified Outsourcing Reno/Las Vegas
PCC Structurals Precision Castparts
322
Aerospace and Defense Carson City
Penske-Wynn Ferrari / Maserati Penske Automotive Group
194
Automotive Retailing, Services Las Vegas
Pepsi Bottling Group PepsiCo
43
Food Consumer Products Reno/Elko/Las Vegas
Performance Pipe Chevron
3
Petroleum Refining Reno
PetSmart Regional Distribution Center PetSmart, Inc.
376
Specialty Retailers: Other McCarran (East of Sparks)
Pitney Bowes  
540
Computers, Office Equipment Reno/Las Vegas
PPG Industries West Coast Paint Manufacturing PPG Industries
190
Chemicals McCarran (East of Sparks)
Praxair Distribution Praxair
233
Chemicals Sparks/Elko/N. Las Vegas/Las Vegas/Henderson
Pulte Group  
446
Homebuilders Las Vegas
Quad/Graphics  
513
Publishing, Printing Fernley
Qualcomm  
120
Network and Other Communications Equipment Las Vegas
Quanta Services  
396
Engineering,Construction Las Vegas
R.R. Donnelley & Sons  
268
Publishing, Printing Reno/Las Vegas
Raytheon  
126
Aerospace and Defense Las Vegas
Reno Packaging & Supply Center Packaging Corp. of America
640
Packaging, Containers Reno
Rockwood Lithium Rockwood Holdings
655
Chemicals Silver Peak
Ryder Integrated Logistics Ryder System
406
Trucking/Truck Leasing Reno/Las Vegas
Sally Beauty Supply Distribution Center Sally Beauty Holdings
643
Specialty Retailers: Other Reno
Sanmina-Sci Corp Sanmina
432
Semiconductors and Other Electronic Components Las Vegas
Sherwin-Williams Distribution / Emulsion Plant The Sherwin-Williams Company
278
Chemicals Reno/Fernley
Snap-On Tools Distribution Center Snap-On Incorporated
694
Industrial Machinery Carson City
Sonic Automotive  
309
Automotive Retailing, Services Las Vegas
Starbucks Roasting Plant Starbucks Coffee Company
196
Food Services Minden
Starwood Hotels & Resorts  
424
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Las Vegas
Stryker  
306
Medical Products & Equipment Las Vegas
Swift Transportation  
593
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks/Las Vegas
Sysco  
63
Wholesalers: Food and Grocery Reno/Las Vegas
Terex Corporation  
358
Construction and Farm Machinery Elko/Las Vegas
Tetra Tech  
805
Engineering,Construction Reno/Elko/Las Vegas
Timken  
568
Industrial Machinery Reno
TJX Distribution Center The TJX Companies
108
Specialty Retailers: Apparel N. Las Vegas
Tractor Supply  
480
Specialty Retailers: Other Carson City/Minden
Travel Centers of America  
339
Specialty Retailers: Other Sparks/Mill City/Las Vegas
Tutor Perini  
586
Engineering, Construction Henderson
Unisys  
664
Information Technology Services Las Vegas
United Parcel Service (UPS) - Hubs & Centers  
50
Mail, Package & Freight Delivery Reno/Sparks/Las Vegas
Urban Outfitters Distribution Center Urban Outfitters
715
Specialty Retailers: Apparel Reno
URS Corporation  
256
Engineering,Construction Fallon Naval Air Station/Las Vegas
Visteon  
351
Motor Vehicles and Parts Reno
W.W. Grainger  
295
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks/Henderson/Las Vegas
Wal-Mart Distribution Center Wal-Mart
1
General Merchandisers McCarran (East of Sparks)
Werner Enterprises  
963
Trucking/Truck Leasing Las Vegas
WESCO Distribution WESCO International
349
Wholesalers: Diversified Sparks/Las Vegas
West Corporation Call Center West Corporation
787
Diversified Outsourcing Reno
Western Refining Wholesale Office Western Refining
281
Petroleum Refining Las Vegas
Wyndham Worldwide  
494
Hotels, Casinos, Resorts Henderson/Las Vegas
YRC Freight YRC Worldwide
506
Trucking/Truck Leasing Sparks/Las Vegas

Source: 2014 Fortune 500+ List

Return to TopIndustry Sectors

Sector Number of Establishments Total # of Employees Total Annual Payroll
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 49 -
$5,503,000
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction 241 11,484
$1,026,640,000
Utilities 118 -
-
Construction 4,705 50,140
$2,449,303,000
Manufacturing 1,683 39,277
$2,011,448,000
Wholesale Trade 2,859 34,302
$1,769,517,000
Retail Trade 8,119 129,067
$3,463,426,000
Transportation & Warehousing 1,400 40,647
$1,622,591
Information 1,111 15,418
$838,620,000
Finance & Insurance 3,934 33,486
$1,811,251,000
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 3,788 24,302
$925,195,000
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 8,089 52,489
$3,105,557,000
Management of Companies & Enterprises 545 13,170
$1,219,208,000
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation 4,001 86,908
$2,678,327,000
Educational Services 636 9,572
$323,017,000
Health Care & Social Assistance 6,235 101,159
$4,822,117,000
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 1,285 27,964
$885,358,000
Accomodation & Food Services 5,719 265,157
$8,436,904,000
Other Services (except Public Administration) 4,156 30,743
$858,658,000

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopSize of Establishments

Sector Number of Employees
<20 20-99 100-499 500+
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting
48
1
0
0
Mining, Quarrying & Oil & Gas Extraction
158
30
16
37
Utilities
26
19
10
63
Construction
3,981
463
111
150
Manufacturing
1,166
237
110
170
Wholesale Trade
1,745
332
221
561
Retail Trade
3,913
513
428
3,265
Transportation & Warehousing
840
107
89
364
Information
603
58
33
417
Finance & Insurance
1,937
244
239
1,514
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing
2,798
210
162
618
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
6,841
401
174
673
Management of Companies & Enterprises
158
66
100
221
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation
2,942
373
157
529
Educational Services
462
71
28
75
Health Care & Social Assistance
4,720
564
314
637
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
900
154
105
126
Accomodation & Food Services
2,973
865
468
1,413
Other Services (except Public Administration)
3,374
292
138
352

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses, 2011

Return to TopImpact Fees

County Description Administering Agency
Carson No commercial impact fees
Churchill Each commercial project is evaluated on a case by case basis
Churchill County Planning
775.423.7627
Clark   Clark County Plan Submittal Department
702.455.3600
Douglas No commercial impact fees  
Elko Each commercial project is evaluated on a case by case basis Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority (NNRDA)
775.738.2100
Esmeralda No commercial impact fees  
Eureka No commercial impact fees  
Humboldt No commercial impact fees  
Lander No commercial impact fees  
Lincoln No commercial impact fees  
Lyon Lyon County has a road impact fee of $.25 per square foot. Any other fees are tied to a specific development proposal and may include a fee to change zoning, obtain a special use permit, subdivide land, or process a building plan review and obtain a permit. Lyon County Manager
775.463.6531
Mineral No commercial impact fees  
Nye No commercial impact fees  
Pershing No commercial impact fees  
Storey No commercial impact fees  
Washoe Regional Road Impact Fee Schedule Regional Transportation Commission
775.348.0400
White Pine No commercial impact fees  

Return to TopState of the States

General Information

State Population
(2014)
Population Growth
(2014-19)
Median Household Income Median Age Right-To-Work State
Arizona 6,662,927 4.17% $56,733 36 Yes
California 38,471,787 4.13% $69,154 35.4 No
Colorado 5,296,229 4.64% $65,991 36 No
Idaho 1,618,964 3.74% $52,696 34.5 Yes
Montana 1,020,003 3.1% $50,819 40 No
Nevada 2,803,771 4.53% $61,190 36.1 Yes
New Mexico 2,092,941 2.54% $49142 36.8 No
Oregon 3,948,114 3.17% $56,630 38.4 No
Texas 26,586,730 5.34% $59,315 33.8 Yes
Utah 2,913,134 5.88% $65,362 29.3 Yes
Washington 7,004,126 4.24% $67,076 37.1 No
Wyoming 585,609 4.38% $64,198 36.9 Yes

Workforce Education by Percentage

State Less than High School High School Diploma Some College Bachelor's Degree Graduate Degree
Arizona 14% 24% 36% 17% 10%
California 19% 19% 31% 20% 11%
Colorado 10% 21% 32% 24% 14%
Idaho 11% 27% 37% 17% 8%
Montana 8% 29% 34% 20% 9%
Nevada 15% 28% 35% 15% 7%
New Mexico 16% 26% 32% 15% 11%
Oregon 10% 24% 36% 19% 11%
Texas 19% 25% 30% 18% 9%
Utah 9% 23% 38% 20% 10%
Washington 10% 23% 36% 21% 12%
Wyoming 8% 30% 37% 16% 8%

Rankings That Matter

State GDP Business Tax Climate Small Business Policy ACT Career Readiness Certificates High School Graduation Incentives Transparency Index
Arizona 21 ($261,924*) 23 12 26 (4,469) 39 (77%) 31
California 1 ($2,050,693*) 48 50 39 (7,401) 22 (82%) 20
Colorado 18 ($273,721*) 20 9 44 (477) 23 (82%) 23
Idaho 42 ($57,029*) 19 34 47 (78) 16 (84%) 42
Montana 48 ($39,846*) 6 33 27 (1,283) 15 (86%) 46
Nevada 35 ($1,23,903*) 3 2 30 (2,696) 50 (60%) 27
New Mexico 37 $84,310*) 38 26 15 (19,981) 45 (74%) 35
Oregon 28 ($211,241*) 12 44 18 (36,228) 37 (78%) 35
Texas 2 ($1,387,598*) 10 3 33 (13,485) 36 (82%) 8
Utah 34 ($131,017*) 9 13 29 (2,763) 38 (78%) 18
Washington 14 ($381,017*) 11 6 36 (3,040) 33 (79%) 29
Wyoming 49 ($39,538*) 1 4 12 (7,101) 29 (80%) 48

Source: Site Selection Magazine, January 2015, *real GDP in US millions