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COST OF LIVING INDEX QUARTERLY UPDATE

Sep. 4, 2018

Among the 259 urban areas that participated in the second quarter 2018 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 Harlingen, 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 259 Urban Areas = 100

 

Composite Index

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Dalton, GA

89.3

93.4

67.2

99.7

91.9

93.

101.4

 

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas

in the Cost of Living Index (COLI)

Second Quarter 2018

National Average for 259 Urban Areas = 100

Most Expensive

 

Least Expensive

 
   

COL

   

   COL

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

1

New York (Manhattan) NY

238.3

1

Harlingen TX

75.7

2

San Francisco CA

190.0

2

McAllen TX

78.0

3

Honolulu HI

185.5

3

Kalamazoo MI

79.5

4

New York (Brooklyn) NY

177.4

4

Memphis TN

79.9

5

Washington DC

156.6

5

Richmond IN

80.2

6

Oakland CA

152.2

6

Knoxville TN

81.1

7

Seattle WA

152.2

7

Conway AR

81.5

8

New York (Queens) NY

150.9

8

Wichita Falls TX

82.3

9

Boston MA

149.8

9

Gulfport-Biloxi MS

83.1

10

Arlington VA

149.6

10

Sherman-Denison TX

83.2

               

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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