Hat tip to Jan Norman at the OC Register for this story on the best and worst cities to do business in Orange County. Looking for cities to start up or expand in OC, well according to the 2011 Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business survey, which compares 421 cities nationwide on the business fees and tax rates they charge and the economic incentives they offer, the most business-friendly cities in OC are Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, and Tustin. The most expensive and least business-friendly cities in OC are Cypress, Garden Grove, Placentia, Santa Ana, and Seal Beach.
Cities in OC that represent the next step up in terms of business-friendliness are Aliso Viejo, Brea, Fullerton, Irvine, La Habra, Newport Beach, Orange, San Juan Capistrano, Yorba Linda and unincorporated Orange County. Cities that are expensive but not on the most expensive list include Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and Westminster.
Absent from the list: Anaheim, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, and San Clemente.
The most expensive city in the nation to do business? New York? LA? Miami, D.C.? Nope. Akron, Ohio. The least expensive, Austin, Texas.