Atlanta: Most Cost-Friendly City for Business

In 2013, Cincinnati topped the Competitive Alternatives study as the least-costly city in which to do business. 2014, however, was all about Atlanta. Atlanta beat out Cincinnati for the top spot, thanks in large part to low transportation costs, corporate taxes, and industrial lease rates. The Competitive Alternatives study measures 26 different cost components in each market (labor, facilities, utilities, etc.) and compares the country’s most popular locations for business. Atlanta’s cost index was 94.7%, which means that business costs are approximately 5.3% below the national average. The Top Ten from the 2014 study are as follows:

  1. Atlanta
  2. Cincinnati
  3. Orlando
  4. Charlotte
  5. San Antonio
  6. Tampa
  7. Cleveland
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. St. Louis
  10. Phoenix
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