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Metro Comparison (COL)

Business Taxes
Metro Area
Corporate
Unemployment Workers Comp
  Sales Tax Basis Inventory Rate Wage (per $100 payroll)
Atlanta 8.00% 6.00% Net Income No 2.62% $8,500 $2.29
Chicago 10.25% 4.80% Net Income No 3.10% $12,520 $2.79
Frisco/DFW 8.25% 1.00% Taxable Yes 2.70% $9,000 $2.61
Houston 8.25% 1.00% Taxable Yes 2.70% $9,000 $2.61
Los Angeles 9.75% 8.84% Net Income No 3.40% $7,000 $2.72
New York 8.88% 7.10% Net Income No 4.10% $8,500 $2.55
Source: Federation of Tax Administrators, State Tax Rates 2010, Various state revenue departments, 2009-2010
Personal Taxes
  Sales Tax     Property State Income  
Metro Area State County City Total Tax Rate Tax Rate  
Atlanta 4.00% 3.00% 1.00% 8.00% 1.39% 1.00% 6.00%
Chicago 6.30% 2.80% 1.30% 10.30% 2.20% 3.00% 3.00%
Frisco/DFW 6.30% 1.00% 1.00% 8.30% 1.63% 0.00% 0.00%
Houston 6.30% 1.00% 1.00% 8.30% 1.55% 0.00% 0.00%
Los Angeles 7.30% 1.50% 1.00% 9.80% 1.13% 1.30% 9.60%
New York 4.00% 0.40% 4.50% 8.90% 2.16% 4.00% 9.00%
Source:  Federation of Tax Administrators, State Tax Rates 2010, Various state revenue departments, 2009-10.
Cost of Living (US=100)
Metro Area Overall Food Housing Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc.
Atlanta 97 99 91 88 103 102 102
Chicago 114 105 125 107 118 115 106
Frisco/DFW 89 99 63 95 106 108 99
Houston 86 94 54 96 103 107 97
Los Angeles 163 113 220 116 108 119 107
New York 178 137 203 157 119 178 135
Source:  Sperling & Sander, Cities Ranked & Rated, 2007.
Health Care and Monthly Insurance Costs
  Individual   Family    Doctors  Hospital Beds 
Metro Area HMO Indemnity HMO Indemnity per Capita per Capita
Atlanta $545 $719 $1,023 $1,184 211 243
Chicago $533 $702 $991 $1,180 292 334
Frisco/DFW $563 $716 $1,057 $1,205 218 257
Houston $549 $706 $1,040 $1,188 247 305
Los Angeles $545 $826 $1,024 $1,347 244 307
New York $685 $941 $1,275 $1,578 391 475
Source:  Economic Research Institute, Geographic Reference Report, 2009.
Housing Overview
Metro Area % Single Family New Price Resale Family % Multi Typical Rent
Atlanta 71% $266,500 $124,800 29% $800
Chicago 51% $360,200 $176,400 49% $1,500
Frisco/DFW 68% $332,500 $267,370 32% $900
Houston 68% $221,300 $150,100 32% $850
Los Angeles 52% $596,100 $331,400 48% $1,820
New York 19% $696,500 $436,900 81% $1,890
Source: National Association of Realtors, 2009; American Community Survey, 2008; ACCRA, 2009; Money Magazine, 2009.

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