2013 Kosmont-Rose Cost of Doing Business Survey Released

On February 7, 2014, the Rose Institute released the 19th annual Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey. The Rose Institute, in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Kosmont Companies, gathers business fees and a variety of tax rates from 305 western cities, focusing on states where business relocation is most active. The 2013 edition of the Survey takes a close look at the cost of doing business in California as well as eight other states that many companies view as possible alternatives to California (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington). Rankings for each city are divided into one of five “Cost Ratings” groups: Very Low Cost ($), Low Cost ($$), Average Cost ($$$), High Cost ($$$$), and Very High Cost ($$$$$).

The Kosmont team would like to thank all of the students who worked diligently on data collection, marketing, blogging, data analysis, and publishing for the 2013 Survey. The 2012 new hires compiled all data, the 2013 new hires updated the city summaries and wrote sections of the executive summary, the tech team updated maps, and manager Marina Giloi and associate manager Brian Eckhardt administered the entire operation. It takes the entire Rose team to put together this comprehensive summary each year.

Highlights from the 2013 Survey
Most Expensive Cities

  • California dominates the list of the most expensive cities, with a total of twelve cities – nine in Southern California and three in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area are the two most expensive metropolitan areas in the western United States.
  • Eight out of the twenty most expensive western cities are in Los Angeles County: Bell, Beverly Hills, Compton, Culver City, El Segundo, Inglewood, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica.

Least Expensive Cities

  • Texas stands out as a low cost state, with six cities on the list of twenty least expensive western cities.
  • Both of the least expensive cities in California, Moorpark and Mission Viejo, are located in Southern California.

The Twenty Most Expensive Cities in the West in 2013
All have a Very High Cost ($$$$$) Rating

Expensive cities

The Twenty Least Expensive Cities in the West in 2013
All have a Very Low Cost ($) Rating

Least Expensive cities

Larry Kosmont, President & CEO, Kosmont Companies, (213) 507-9000
David Huntoon, Fellow, Rose Institute of State and Local Government, (909) 621-8159
For Additional California City Charts (by County) Contact: Matt Goulet @ (818) 274-2206

For more information about the Rose Institute or Kosmont Companies, please visit their respective websites at roseinstitute.org and kosmont.com, or call (909) 621-8159. To purchase the Survey, please email an order form to marionette.moore@claremontmckenna.edu.

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