Arizona Cities Are Among The Worst To Start A Business

Tucson Mayor Rothschild [City of Tucson photo}

It’s no surprise that Arizona cities once again rank overwhelmingly in the bottom one third of an analysis of 2017’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business.

While Tempe is just outside the bottom third, Scottsdale, the most affluent city, ranks the best of Arizona cities in business environment and resource access, 80th and 70th respectfully.

Ranking of Arizona’s Largest Cities
Rank City Total Business Environment Resource Access Business Cost
93 Tempe, AZ 45.29 110 77 57
108 Phoenix, AZ 44.69 88 146 56
111 Mesa, AZ 44.43 96 144 50
116 Scottsdale, AZ 44.2 80 70 118
125 Glendale, AZ 43.6 97 149 51
130 Tucson, AZ 42.87 145 103 28
131 Peoria, AZ 42.69 99 129 92
132 Chandler, AZ 42.66 89 124 106
139 Gilbert, AZ 41.22 98 105 119

With President Donald Trump proposing to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent and National Small Business Week in full gear, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business.

To help aspiring entrepreneurs maximize their chances for long-term prosperity, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 18 key indicators of startup viability. The data set ranges from five-year business-survival rate to office-space affordability.

1 Oklahoma City, OK 11 Springfield, MO
2 Salt Lake City, UT 12 Raleigh, NC
3 Charlotte, NC 13 Lubbock, TX
4 Tulsa, OK 14 Port St. Lucie, FL
5 Grand Rapids, MI 15 Laredo, TX
6 Durham, NC 16 Lincoln, NE
7 St. Louis, MO 17 Winston-Salem, NC
8 Austin, TX 18 Houston, TX
9 Amarillo, TX 19 Orlando, FL
10 Sioux Falls, SD 20 Fort Worth, TX

Best vs. Worst

  • Toledo, Ohio, has the lowest average annual rent for office space, $12 per square foot, which is 6.7 times cheaper than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $80 per square foot.
  • Detroit has the lowest labor costs (median annual income), $25,764, which is 4.1 times lower than in Fremont, Calif., the city with the highest at $105,355.
  • Brownsville, Texas, has the lowest cost-of-living index, 79, which is 2.5 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at 201.
  • Irvine, Calif., has the highest share of the college-educated population, 66.4 percent, which is 5.8 times higher than in San Bernardino, Calif., the city with the lowest at 11.5 percent.
  • Miami has the most startups per 100,000 residents, 237, which is 12.5 times more than in Columbus, Ga., the city with the fewest at 19.
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