March 10, 2016
Let’s stipulate two facts for the record: 1) you’re starting a new business, and 2) you’re flexible about where that business can be operated from. Obviously, this is a lot easier to consider if you’re going to have a web-based business. You would only need good Wi-Fi for that.
If you’re going for a brick-and-mortar location as well, though, there are many factors to take into consideration from a business perspective. When scouting out where to base your operation, you’ll need to look at:
- The percentage of small businesses based on the population in the area — is the market saturated?
- The number of small businesses in high-growth sectors.
- How many of the area’s businesses have a web presence and/or online reviews.
However, there might be a bigger concern as well — safety. That includes safety for your actual business concerns but also for your family and personal stuff. For a true safety focus, you might want to consider these cities for your startup.
Irvine has been named one of the safest cities in America for 11 straight years. That is impressive all by itself, but when you dig into the numbers, it gets even more impressive.
For instance, the city reported just 120 incidents of violent crime, including homicides, rapes and aggravated assault. When you consider the total population is just over 240,000, then you can see that’s not a lot of violent crime. As an added bonus, you’re not that far from Disneyland — a.k.a. the happiest place on Earth.
Gilbert is part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. As such, it has seen its population numbers go up, but the crime levels have remained low. It’s been recognized as one of the top 10 safest cities in Arizona, with just 0.95 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens. That says a lot for the local residents. Plus, you have that warm Arizona weather all year long.
To get to Fremont, you’ll want to head north of San Jose. That puts you in the San Francisco Bay area.
The Bay area is a great place to visit, but it will be nice to come home to Fremont, where the local crime rate is 68 percent below the California average. That sounds like the local police department has done a good job cracking down on crime, and that’s got to be good for business.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
You could classify Virginia Beach as a summer kind of town. Even with the influx of millions of tourists annually, the crime rate stays remarkably low. For the past five years, the beach town’s serious crime rate has fallen. It might also have to do with the soothing effects of the Atlantic Ocean breezes. Either way, it seems like this beach town is a good spot for a business startup, though no matter how safe the town, your company should be protected by utilizing security systems with small businesses in mind.
Obviously, when it comes to safe cities and California there is a pattern. Murrieta is a town in Riverside County, California, located to the southeast of Irvine. It has just 65 crimes per 100,000 residents, and it had the lowest assault rate of any city with more than 100,000 residents in 2013. Plus, you can’t beat being near the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Remember, just because you move to a city that is ranked among the safest doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still take precautions. Be smart, protect your business, and stay vigilant of your resources. This added layer of protection combined with the low crime rates will provide you with plenty of peace of mind. Translation? More focus on making your business a success.
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