While you can argue the cultural controversies over which city is friendlier to gays or which has the best Chinese food, there’s one thing those left coasters have us beat on, according to biz blog Focus. The site breaks down (in a huge infographic) the costs of launching a start-up in each city, finding SF to be the cheaper choice. If you’re starting a business in New York, you can expect to fork over at least $70 more a month for utilities and about $10,000 more in annual taxes. But numbers never tell the whole story: Software engineers and designers of Brooklyn, are they right? Is SF really cheaper? What about the less tangible differences such as a scrappy Gotham ‘tude versus head-in-the-clouds granola zen? And dirt-cheap, kick-ass pizza? For all those late-night coding sessions, this might be priceless.
Focus shows that while San Francisco companies spend more on employee salaries — an average $10,000 more for common start-up positions — The Big Apple will end up squeezing $75,000 more a year out of your pockets to rent out that snazzy office space, not to mention more than $4,000 to cover utility costs here. No indication of what stereo speakers and ping pong tables cost across the two coasts, but we’ll wager bets on the East Coast’s superior streetside finds. Those of you who chose NYC over SF for your business, what swayed your decision?