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COST OF LIVING INDEX QUARTERLY UPDATE

Feb. 4, 2020

Among the 266 urban areas that participated in the first quarter 2019 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)

Year-End Review of Three Quarters in 2019

National Average for 266 Urban Areas = 100

 

Composite Index

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Dalton, GA

87.0

93.4

64.0

98.3

93.7

94.3

96.7

 

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas

in the Cost of Living Index (COLI)

Year-End Review of Three Quarters in 2019

National Average for 266 Urban Areas = 100

Most Expensive

 

Least Expensive

 
   

COL

   

   COL

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

1

New York (Manhattan) NY

237.4

1

Harlingen TX

75.4

2

San Francisco CA

196.6

2

McAllen TX

76.2

3

Honolulu HI

191.8

3

Kalamazoo MI

77.7

4

New York (Brooklyn) NY

180.4

4

Muskogee OK

79.4

5

Washington DC

159.0

5

Memphis TN

80.4

6

Oakland CA

156.8

6

Conway AR

80.7

7

Seattle WA

156.7

7

Richmond IN

80.8

8

Boston MA

150.1

8

Joplin MO

81.6

9

Arlington VA

149.5

9

Pittsburg KS

81.8

10

New York (Queens)
NY

148.2

10

Tupelo MS

81.8

               

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 90,000 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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