ArchiveUtah tops again in annual ‘Rich States, Poor States’ rankingsBryan Schott·May 1, 2018· Share Utah ranks #1 in the American Legislative Exchange Counsel’s “Rich States, Poor States” index for 2018. The annual rankings look at 15 factors including: Personal income tax rate Corporate tax rate Property tax Sales tax Number of public employees Minimum wage Utah comes out on top in the “Economic Outlook” rankings again. The state has been #1 every year since ALEC started their rankings in 2008. In the individual rankings, Utah is mostly in the upper half in each category: 17th in personal income tax rate 10th in corporate income tax rate 17th in property tax burden 23rd in sales tax Idaho, Indiana, North Dakota and Arizona round out the top-five in this category. Vermont and New York are at the bottom in these rankings. Utah is #4 in the group’s annual economic performance rankings, which consider three factors: GDP growth from 2006-2016. Utah ranks 5th with 48.3%. Domestic migration from 2007-2016. Utah is 13th during that period. Non-farm employment growth from 2006-2016. Utah is 3rd at 18.36%. Texas takes the top spot in economic performance, followed by Washington, North Dakota, Utah and Colorado. New Jersey and Connecticut are at the bottom of those rankings.