- Washington’s economy grew 3.7% in 2016, nearly two and a half times the national rate.
- The nation’s largest concentration of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workers reside in Washington state.
- Washington state follows California in the most patents filed last year.
- Washington state has no income or corporate income tax, but wages and rent are among the highest in the United States.
With the nation’s fastest-growing economy and an all-star business roster of household names and up-and-comers, Washington — the Evergreen State — soars above the competition as America’s Top State for Business in 2017.
The home of Amazon and Costco, Boeing and Expedia, as well as rising stars like Adaptive Biotechnologies, online marketplace OfferUp and space company Blue Origin, Washington has the old and new economies covered — as well as pretty much everything in between.