#1 Lowest Cost in Pacific U.S. - KPMG


KPMG released their 2014 "Competitive Alternatives" study where Boise ranks #1 among the U.S. Cities in the Pacific U.S. for cost of doing business.

An excerpt on the Boise Study Results (click here for the full version):

Overall Result (average of 19 operations) = 96.1% (US = 100)

Corporate Services Average = 84.4%
Research & Development Average = 86.4%
Digital Services = 92.7%

Major Industries:

Traditional industries:

  • Agri-food products/services
  • Defence equipment/services
  • Forestry/wood products

Modern and/or emerging industries:

  • Computer components/systems
  • Electronic equipment/components
  • Tourism

"Competitive Alternatives 2014 compares business costs and other competitiveness factors in more than 100 cities, in 10 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For 2014, Competitive Alternatives further expands its coverage in the US, and for the first time includes every US metro area with a population of two million or more.

The primary focus of Competitive Alternatives is international business costs. The study measures the combined impact of 26 key cost components that vary by location, over a 10-year analysis horizon starting in 2014. The study compares 7 different business-to-business (B2B) service sector operations and 12 different manufacturing sector operations. The overall cost comparisons for each country and city are based on the average results for these two sectors.

Competitive Alternatives also provides important information on non-cost factors that influence the business attractiveness of different locations. Aspects addressed by the study include labor availability and skills, economic conditions, innovation, infrastructure, regulatory environment, cost of living, and personal quality of life factors. 

Further details on methodology, study resources, and full study results are available online at"

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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