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It’s a pleasure to do business in Atlanta, and pretty cheap too!

May 24, 2010

From Atlanta Real Estate Forum.com

Atlanta is the crown jewel of the Southeast. It’s a vibrant city full of lovely people, and now it is being recognized as a bargain city to do business in.

The KPMG Competitive Alternatives study ranks Atlanta as second on the list of most cost-competitive cities. Atlanta’s cost index is 96.3, which is about 4% less than the national average. The ranking was based on the city’s competitive operating costs in office leasing, transportation, labor, employee benefits and a favorable corporate tax rate.

The entire study measured 26 cost components such as labor, taxes, utilities and real estate, applied to 17 different industries. The study also examined many non-cost competitive factors. The study ranks the following 10 cities as the most inexpensive, in order beginning with the least:

  1. Tampa
  2. Atlanta
  3. Miami
  4. Baltimore
  5. Dallas
  6. St. Louis
  7. Houston
  8. Phoenix
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Detroit

The most expensive cities in the study were Los Angeles, New York and San Fransisco. In addition to being one of the most cost-effective cities to do business in, Atlanta is also one of the most affordable cities for real estate.

Our wide and varied topography makes this state perfect for local builders to flourish and stand out. It also gives home buyers their choice of home designs, styles and layouts. If you’re looking for cookie-cutter neighborhoods with never-ending rows of similar looking houses, this is not the city for you. However, if unique homes with charm and character, small builders who not only know your name, but the names of your children and future dog and southern charm and sophistication appeal to you, then Atlanta is the perfect city for you to call home.

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