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1 Business Climate State Competitiveness Ranking State Competitiveness Ranking (Ranking =Best) IA 9 MN 5 NE 6 MO 30 IL 34 Cost of Doing Business Ranking (1=lowest) Cost of Doing Business Ranking (1 = lowest) IA 1 MO 5 NE 18 MN 31 IL 35 Beacon Hill Institute, 2010 America's Top State for Business-CNBC 2010 Unemployment Rates for States Unemployment Rate for States - November 2010(Not Seasonally Adjusted) IA 6.1 NE 4.0 MN 6.6 IL 9.2 Workforce MO 9.3 Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics - November 2010 Operating Costs Avg. Electric price - Industrial (in cents) Average Electric Prices - Industrial - October 2010 (in cents per kwh) (US Average 6.85) IA 5.22 MO 5.34 NE 5.80 MN 6.16 IL 7.22 Avg. Electric Price -Commercial (in cents) Average Electric Prices - Commercial - October 2010 (in cents per kwh)(us Average 10.23) IA 7.60 MO 7.16 NE 7.62 IL 7.90 MN 8.14 Energy Information Administration/Electric Power Monthly - October 2010 Energy Information Administration/Electric Power Monthly - October 2010 Avg. Gas Price - Industrial (in dollars) Average Gas Price-Industrial ($ per 1000 cubic feet) (US Average 5.33) IA $6.23 MN $5.66 NE $6.02 IL $7.31 MO $9.55 Avg. Gas Price - Commercial (in dollars) Average Gas Price - Commercial ($ per 1000 Cubic feet)(us Average 10.06) IA $7.88 NE $7.44 MN $7.96 IL $8.65 MO $10.80 Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Annual 2010 Energy Information Administration

2 Education ACT Scores ACT Average Composites (US Average 21.0) IA 22.2 IL 20.7 MO 21.6 NE 22.1 SAT Scores (Combined Mean Reading, Math, and Writing) SAT Total Scores (Mean Reading, Math, and Writing Combined)(US Average 1509) IA 1813 NE 1753 IL 1775 MO 1779 MN 22.9 MN 1782 The American College Testing Program, 2010 The College Board, 2009 Educational Attainment of the Population - High School Percentage of Population Completing High School (25 yrs and older)- including Equivalency (US Average 85.3%) IA 90.5% IL 86.4% MO 86.8% NE 89.8% MN 91.5% Educational Attainment of the Population - College Percentge of the Population with Bachelor's Degree or More (25 yrs and older) (US Average 27.9%) IA 25.1 MO 25.2 NE 27.4 IL 30.6 MN 31.5 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey ACT Average Composite Score Rank ACT Average Composite Score Rank IA 15 MN 10 NE 17 MO 27 IL 34 American College Testing Program, 2010 Most Livable State Most Livable State 2010 IA 2 MN 1 NE 3 MO 26 IL 30 Value of Housing Ranking Value of Housing Ranking (50 = Best) IA 44 IL 20 MN 21 MO 33 NE 42 Quality of Life CQ Press, 2010 State Rankings U.S. Census Bureau-2009 American Community Survey

3 Quality of Life Median Value of a House Median Value of A House (US Average $185,200) IA $122,000 NE $123,300 MO $139,700 MN $200,400 IL $202,200 Median Household Income Median Household Income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars) (US Average $50,221) IA $48,044 MO $45,229 NE $47,357 IL $53,966 MN $55, U.S. Census Bureau U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey Crime Rate Ranking Crime Rate Ranking (50 = Best) IA 42 MO 14 IL 25 NE 30 MN 31 Home Ownership Rates Home Ownership Rate in 2008 (US Average 67.8%) IA 74.0% IL 68.9% NE 69.6% MO 71.4% MN 73.1% CQ Press State Rankings 2010 CQ Press, 2010 State Rankings Monthly Mortgage Costs Median Monthly Mortgage Payment for Owner-Occupied Homes (US Average $1,505) IA $1,129 MO $1,184 NE $1,227 MN $1,519 IL $1,673 Monthly Rental Payment Median Monthly Rental Payment (US Average $842) IA $611 NE $644 MO $668 MN $757 IL $ U.S. Census Bureau 2009 U.S. Census Bureau

4 Iowa Illinois Minnesota Missouri Nebraska Corporate Income Tax Rate Business Climate Right to Work Status Yes No No No Yes Federation of Tax Administrators 2011 National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation 2011

5 Iowa Illinois Minnesota Missouri Nebraska Workforce Workforce Training Yes. Iowa Department of Economic Development Yes. Illinois Industrial Training Program Yes. Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board Yes. Missouri Department of Economic Development's Customized Training Program Yes. Nebraska Department of Economic Development State Web Sites

6 Iowa Illinois Minnesota Missouri Nebraska State Individual Income Tax Rates Quality of Life Federation of Tax Administrators, 2010

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