This regional comparison includes four cities
from Western Canada and 23 cities from the
US Midwest. The current high value of the
US dollar gives all of the Canadian cities a clear
cost advantage over their US counterparts,
with a cost gap of 6.8 percentage points
separating the highest cost Canadian city and
the lowest cost US city in this region.
The spread of business costs among the four
Canadian cities compared is 2.1 percentage
points. Winnipeg is the clear leader among
the Canadian cities, followed by Saskatoon,
Edmonton and Calgary.
Cedar Rapids and Omaha are the cost leaders
among the US cities in this region, both with
business costs more than 6.0 percent below
the US base.
In this region, the results reveal clusters of US
cities with relatively similar costs. Ten cities
all have costs between 5 and 6 percent below
the US baseline—from Sioux Falls through to
Beaumont, while a further six cities—from St.
Louis through to Minneapolis—all have costs
between 3 and 4 percent below the base.
Costs are moderate (relative to US standards)
for even the most expensive cities in this
region. While Houston, Denver and Chicago
represent the lowest ranked cities in this
region, their business costs range from 2.4 to
1.7 percentage points below the US baseline.