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Three Cities in Valley Region Named in Top 15 for Business Readiness

Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks and Burbank ranked among the top 15 in a Verizon Business report that looked at the country’s most “business-ready” cities.Verizon Business compiled the report to find cities that are poised for significant growth as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Santa Clarita ranked No. 4, Thousand Oaks ranked No. 9 and Burbank No. 14 in the report that included cities from California, Arizona, Texas, Missouri and Florida.The cities were ranked on six factors: mean income, unemployment rate, people with a bachelor’s degree or higher, number of business applications, percentage of population that started a new business and homeownership. Most of the criteria’s information was sourced from 2019 Census estimate data.Homeownership was the highest weighted factor at 30 percent.The compilation lauded Thousand Oaks’ “impressively low” unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. Burbank was called a “nexus for business-savvy living” and was highlighted for its mean household income of $103,777.Also, L.A. County city West Covina was named in the list, ranking No. 2. The top city on the list was Sugar Land, Texas.The averages of the factors for all 15 cities were as follows:Average mean household income: $80,092Average unemployment percentage: 3.5 percentAverage bachelor’s degree percentage of population: 24.5 percentAverage number of business applications: 8,152Average percentage of population that started a new business: 0.36 percentAverage percentage of people who own their house: 58.7 percent

Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio “Tony” Pequeño IV is a reporter covering health care, finance and law for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He specializes in reporting on some of the biggest names in the Valley’s biotechnology sector. In addition to his work with the Business Journal, Tony has reported with BuzzFeed News on the unsupervised use of Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition technology. Tony, who also conducts freelance reporting, graduated from the USC’s Master of Science in Journalism program in 2021. He is in his fifth year as a journalist as of 2021.

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