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Arizona vs. California
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State Comparison Overview, Electric Rates and Taxes
Commercial Lease Rates and Median Home Price
Mean Wage Data by Industry and Occupation (SOC Code)
Employment by Occupation (SOC Code)

State Comparison Overview, Electric Rates and Taxes
  Arizona California
Overview:
Mean Wage $43,670 $51,910
Workers Comp** (per $100) $1.71 $2.68
Unemployment Insurance (max weekly) $240.00 $450.00
Unionization Rate 7.3% 18.2%
Right to Work State? Yes No
¹Property Tax Rate* .85% .78%
Median Age 35 34.8
Population (U.S. Census) 6,482,505 37,691,912
Employment 2,457,500 14,358,600
GDP (in billions)*** $258.40 $1,096.00
Electricity Rates : 
Commercial Power (Cents/KwH) 8.86 12.79
Industrial Power (Cents/KwH) 6.01 10.66
Taxes: 
Individual Income Tax (Highest Bracket) 4.54% 9.30%
Corporate Income Tax 6.97% 8.84%
State Sales Tax 6.6% 7.25%
Property Tax (Rates)^ 1.21% 0.68%
Property Tax (Collection per Capita) $1,119 $1,465
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Commercial Lease Rates and Median Home Price
  Office Industrial Median Home Price
Arizona 
Phoenix $20.75 $6.60 $118,800
Tucson $19.19 $6.35 $130,800

     
California
Los Angeles $28.56 $6.48 $269,900
Sacramento $20.52 $5.40 $164,400
San Diego $33.60 $10.56 $358,000
San Francisco $38.40 NA $462,300
San Jose $33.96 $5.04 $549,000
       
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Mean Wage Data by Industry and Occupation (SOC Code)
  Arizona California
Aerospace & Defense
Aerospace Engineers (172001) $86,540 $108,750
Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (514011) $36,890 $36,910
Machinists (514041) $40,000 $40,260
      
Bioscience
Biological Technicians (194021) $36,350 $48,100
Biomedical Engineers (172031) $92,440 $95,450
Chemists (192031) $66,470 $81,240
      
Solar/Renewable Energy Industry
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians (173023) $52,730 $61,970
Electrical Engineers (172071) $95,440 $99,120
Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (514011) $36,890 $36,910
      
Distribution/Warehousing
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand (537062) $25,270 $27,040
 
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Employment by Occupation (SOC Code)
  Arizona California
Accountants & Auditors (132011) 21,230 118,550
Customer Service Representatives (434051) 62,940 185,750
Aerospace Engineers (172011) 2,390 19,460
Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic (514011) 990 9,610
Machinists (514041) 5,850 30,080
Biological Technicians (194021) 770 10,840
Chemists (192031) 1,010 10,870
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians (173023) 4,620 18,870
Electrical Engineers (172071) 4,530 18,320
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand (537062) 32,870 228,010
     
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Sources:
Right to Work State, Income and Sales Tax (Metro Comp 2011), Commercial and Industrial electricity rates (US Energy Information Administration: Nov. 2009), CBRE 4th Q 2011 Office and Industrial Reports, National Association of Realtors 4th Q Metropolitan Area Median Prices and Affordability

¹Tax Foundation, Union Stats, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
* Effective tax rate for property taxes on owner-occupied housing as a percentage of median home value, 2010. 
** Per ($100) 2010 (http://www.cbs.state.or.us/imd/rasums/2082/09web/09_2082.pdf)
*** 2011 data: http://www.tax-brackets.org/
Median Age US Census Bureau 
Mean Wage = BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm)
Unemployment Insurance = http://fileunemployment.org/unemployment-benefits-comparison-by-state
^= http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/10/business/11leonhardt-avgproptaxrates.html?_r=1

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