Cities with the Lowest (and Highest) Startup Costs

startup costs by city

The costs of running a business can really add up, but where you run your business can make a big difference too. SmartAsset did a study of 80 cities to determine which had the highest and lowest startup costs, and its finding revealed some trends.

Tennessee Can Keep the Costs Down

Of the top 10 cities with the lowest startup costs, three of them are located in the state of Tennessee.

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Big Cities Cost Big Bucks

While living and working in a big city can be rewarding for networking and certain market opportunities, it comes at a price.

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10 Cities With the Lowest Startup Costs*

1
Chattanooga, TN $225,442
2
Wichita, KS $232,057
3
Greensboro, NC $232,326
4
Columbia, SC $232,541
5
Knoxville, TN $232, 620
6
Little Rock, AR $233,877
7
Memphis, TN $234,524
8
Lexington, KY $234,945
9
Orlando, FL $236,513
10
Winston-Salem, NC $237,983

10 Cities With the Highest Startup Costs*

1
San Jose, CA $439,831
2
San Francisco, CA $422,455
3
Washington, DC $395,017
4
New York, NY $384,389
5
Boston, MA $378,436
6
Bridgeport, CT $356,853
7
Oakland, CA $346,241
8
Seattle, WA $345,615
9
Trenton, NJ $336,611
10
Newark, NJ $328,396
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*Costs account for filing fees, office space, utilities, legal & accounting, and payroll.

References

Dixon, A. (August 10, 2016). The Cities with the Lowest Startup Costs — 2016 Edition. Retrieved March 8,

2017 from https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-cities-with-the-lowest-startup-costs-2016-edition

Eddie Rybarski is a Senior Copywriter for Enova International. Formerly a multimedia journalist, his work has been featured in various local news outlets. Eddie received his certification for financial education instruction from the National Financial Educators Council.

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