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COST OF LIVING INDEX QUARTERLY UPDATE

Feb. 2, 2018

Among the 269 urban areas that participated in the 2017 Cost of Living Index the after-tax cost for a professional/managerial standard of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York (Manhattan) NY to more than 20 percent below the national average in McAllen, TX.   The Cost of Living Index is published quarterly by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research

Dalton’s Cost of Living Index (COLI)

National Average for 269 Urban Areas = 100

 

Composite Index

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Dalton, GA

89.6

93.3

72.6

105.7

95.8

91.1

95.4

 

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas

in the Cost of Living Index (COLI)

Year-End Review of Three Quarters in 2017

National Average for 269 Urban Areas = 100

Most Expensive

 

Least Expensive

 
   

COL

   

   COL

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

1

New York (Manhattan) NY

238.6

1

McAllen TX

76.1

2

San Francisco CA

192.9

2

Conway AR

78.2

3

Honolulu HI

188.3

3

Harlingen TX

78.6

4

New York (Brooklyn) NY

182.0

4

Richmond IN

79.0

5

Washington DC

155.7

5

Kalamazoo MI

79.5

6

Orange County CA

152.6

6

Tupelo MS

80.1

7

Oakland CA

149.5

7

Wichita Falls TX

81.7

8

Seattle WA

149.0

8

Knoxville TN

82.2

9

Boston MA

148.2

9

Hattiesburg MS

82.7

10

Los Angeles-Long Beach CA

148.0

10

Ashland OH

82.9

               

The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. It is based on more than 50,000 prices covering 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and university applied economic centers in each participating urban area. Small differences should not be interpreted as showing a measurable difference.

The composite index is based on six component categories – housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.


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