The southeast represents the lowest cost
region in the United States and all cities in
the region have business costs more than
4.5 percent below the US baseline. The range
of variation in business costs among cities in
this region (from lowest cost to highest cost)
is also less than in other regions of the US.
Louisiana claims the title for the lowest cost
US state, with three cities—Shreveport,
Baton Rouge and New Orleans—ranking
among the top four cities in this region. Only
Savannah (Georgia) is able to match the
Louisiana cities and make it into the top three.
Little Rock (Arkansas) rounds out the top five
low cost cities in this region.
The next six cities on the list all rank according
to their states. Gulfport-Biloxi and Jackson
(Mississippi) rank sixth and seventh, followed
by Montgomery and Mobile (Alabama) and
then Nashville and Memphis (Tennessee).
While business costs are higher in the
remaining cities, costs in Orlando and Tampa
are still very low for cities of their size. Among
all US cities with populations in excess of two
million, only Cincinnati (Ohio) offers lower
business costs than these two large Florida
cities. Atlanta, Charlotte and Miami are the
highest cost cities in this region, but business
costs in these cities are still low relative to
large cities in other regions of the US.