Dare to Compare

Grab and go if you’d like, this information is available
as a FREE downloadable resource.

Download the PDF

This page has been optimized for a minimum resolution width of 720px. If you are on a mobile device, we suggest viewing this page in a landscape orientation for minimal horizontal scrolling.

Overall Advantage

Cumulative comparative rankings of selected California Regions, June 2014

Stat / Area Greater Antelope Valley Los Angeles Co. San Francisco Silicon Valley Orange Co. San Diego Co. Inland Empire CA US
Facility Costs Excellent Poor Worst Poor Poor Good Good
Room to Grow Excellent Poor Worst Poor Poor Average  Very Good
Housing Costs Excellent Good Poor Worst Poor Poor Good
Cost of Living Very Good Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Good
Labor Costs Excellent Good Poor Worst Poor Poor Average
Available Workers Excellent Good Worst Poor Poor Poor Good
Kosmont Survey* 2.5 3.7 3.7 3.0 2.0 1.9 2.75 3.0 3.0

*The Kosmont-Rose Survey, conducted annually by the Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College compares regulations, fees and taxation rates imposed by local jurisdictions on a five point scale.

Facility Costs

Based on average annual cost per square foot according to LoopNet.com survey, June 2014

Stat / Area Greater Antelope Valley Los Angeles Co. San Francisco Silicon Valley Orange Co. San Diego Co. Inland Empire Average
Retail $ 16.92 30.10 44.66 27.22 24.07 20.73 17.47 20.21
Office $ 15.29 24.96 49.23 29.47 21.75 22.20 16.16 21.07
Industrial $ 8.19 10.37 18.85 12.35 10.73 10.30 7.49 8.57

Room to Grow

Population/sq. mile: U.S. Census, 2010, Property Availability: Loopnet.com survey, June 2014

Stat / Area Greater Antelope Valley Los Angeles Co. San Francisco Silicon Valley Orange Co. San Diego Co. Inland Empire CA US
People/ Sq. Mile 173.7 2,419 4,986 1,491 3,808 735 202.35 246 89.5
Available Land Excellent Very Limited Very Limited Limited Limited Varies Excellent
Available Bldgs Good Limited Very Limited Limited Limited Varies Good

Housing Costs

U.S. Census, American Fact Finder 2008-2012, National Association of Realtors, June 2014

Stat / Area Greater Antelope Valley Los Angeles Co. San Francisco Silicon Valley Orange Co. San Diego Co. Inland Empire CA US
Monthly Cost $ 1,064 1,407 1,738 1,875 1,742 1,547 1,367 1,441 1,015
Med. Sales Price $ 198,357 407,000 947,000 950,000 680,000 492,000 254,000 449,000 202,000
Home Ownership 61.38% 47.3% 36.9% 58.9% 59.3% 54.5% 65.25% 56% 65.5%

Cost of Living

National Association of Realtors, June 2014, Accra Cost of Living Index, June 2014

Stat / Area Greater Antelope Valley Los Angeles Co. San Francisco Silicon Valley Orange Co. San Diego Co. Inland Empire CA US
Housing Affordability 1st Time Buyer 73.4% 54% 34% 38% 44% 52% 72% 56% 77%
Housing Affordability Traditional 62% 31% 14% 16% 19% 27% 52.5% 33% 59%
Cost of Living Index 92.7% 131.3% 168.3% 168.3% 131.3% 134.4% 113.7% 124.1% 100%

Labor Costs

Based on average weekly wages as reported by US Department of Labor and Median Annual Salary as reported by US Census, American Community Survey

Stat / Area Greater Antelope Valley Los Angeles Co. San Francisco Silicon Valley Orange Co. San Diego Co. Inland Empire CA US
Weekly Wage $ 974 1,185 1,549 1,783 1,022 1,022 755 1,186 922
Median Salary $ 30,887 34,937 48,030 48,627 38,771 36,130 31,926 35,112 33,216
Mgmt. Business $ 56,920 57,833 73,529 84,492 67,582 60,516 55,864 62,609 53,388
Sales & Office $ 28,274 29,073 39,927 36,521 32,317 30,480 31,274 30,513 28,156
Service Sector $ 17,702 17,767 21,799 20,505 18,511 19,178 18,994 18,748 21,834
Nat. Resources $ 27,207 28,042 32,281 38,401 33,613 34,804 34,721 30,553 17,464
Production $ 24,203 23,800 27,355 31,720 26,903 28,619 31,695 26,913 29,680
Union Members 7.6% 7.6% 8.4% 6.5% 7.6% 8.2% 14.0% 8.9% 6.7%

Available Workers

California Employment Development Department, June 2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013

Stat / Area Greater Antelope Valley Los Angeles Co. San Francisco Silicon Valley Orange Co. San Diego Co. Inland Empire CA US
Available Workers 11.7% 9.9% 5.2% 5.6% 6.2% 7.5% 10.2% 8.1% 7.3%
Work Out of Town 77.48% 60.3% 23.5% 64.5% 74.1% 47.0% 69.85% 59.2% 42.8%
Commute 60+ Min. 22.78% 11.6% 10.7% 6.3% 8.0% 5.6% 15.8% 9.9% 8.1%