Where You Locate Your Business is a Big Deal [Infographic]

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ShortStack HQ is in Reno, Nev., a little hamlet that’s a three-and-a-half hour drive from San Francisco (and eight hours from Las Vegas).

Reno was known for many decades as the divorce capital of the U.S., among other things. But in recent years, it’s become known as a burgeoning tech startup region, and has gotten tons of national press thanks to Tesla’s new battery factory and its proximity to Burning Man.

Today, our local public radio station featured a story about a new tech company that chose to hang a shingle at a local co-working space, the Reno Collective, instead of in the Bay Area. Why? Today’s infographic from Hired makes obvious: It’s expensive to run a business and live in California. As for ShortStack’s CEO, he chose Reno because it’s home, as he explains in this piece for Fast Company. 

Anyway, this infographic caught our eye and we had fun looking at how Reno stacks up in comparison to LA and SF.

Weather: Average temperature 53.85 degrees; 315 days of sunshine a year; 22″ of snowfall annually and 7.39″ of annual rainfall annually (basically we have perfect four-season weather!).

Commute: What’s commute time? We don’t suffer from that here.

Notable startups and other tech businesses: ShortStack, Filament, Trainer Road, Tesla, Bombora.

Extracurriculars: Skiing/snowboarding, boating, golf, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, camping….

Most popular date activities: See above!

Proximity to Lake Tahoe: 36.1 miles

Median rent: $931 for a two-bedroom apartment

Median home sale price: $274,750


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