Data from the Kaiser Family Foundation show California has the highest number of practicing physicians in the U.S. at 101,232, followed by New York, Texas and Florida. Wyoming had the fewest practicing physicians at 1,118, followed by Alaska, North and South Dakota and Vermont.
A report from Bankrate.com lists the best and worst states for retirement based on quality-of-life issues, including crime rates, weather, cost of living, health care costs and tax rates. The analysis identified South Dakota as the best state for retirees. New York, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas and Hawaii were ranked as the worst.
A report from the Tax Foundation provides companies with what it says is a guide to the states with the most business-friendly tax policies. Some states, such as Nebraska and Louisiana, have tax policies that favor newer businesses that set up a headquarters or invest in research and development. Wyoming and South Dakota are among the states that are more favorable to established businesses.
South Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming have tax laws that are the most hospitable to businesses, according to this year's State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation. The organization said the report is designed to educate lawmakers and help them measure their state's performance against that of other regions. New York, California and New Jersey are the least friendly on account of complexity, high rates and fewer business exemptions.
More wealthy retirees from the Northeast and Midwest are heading to states such as Florida to avoid state income taxes. Other states that don't have an income tax are Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. "This move to no-tax states is absolutely big business," said Thomas Handler, a partner at law firm Handler Thayer. "People are doing it all day long, and it's ramping up."