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COST OF LIVING INDEX QUARTERLY UPDATE

Jan. 26, 2021

Among the 274 urban areas that participated in the first quarter 2020 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)

Fourth Quarter 2020

National Average for 274 Urban Areas = 100

 

Composite Index

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Dalton, GA

88.5

93.9

68.6

99.3

91.2

90.6

98.0

 

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas

in the Cost of Living Index (COLI)

Fourth Quarter 2020

National Average for 274 Urban Areas = 100

Most Expensive

 

Least Expensive

 
   

COL

   

   COL

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

1

New York (Manhattan) NY

237.0

1

Harlingen TX

73.2

2

Honolulu HI

198.3

2

Kalamazoo MI

76.8

3

San Francisco CA

192.3

3

Amarillo TX

80.6

4

New York (Brooklyn) NY

173.8

4

McAllen TX

81.3

5

Oakland CA

156.3

5

Tupelo MS

81.4

6

Seattle WA

156.0

6

Pittsburg KS

81.7

7

Washington DC

155.3

7

Joplin MO

81.9

8

Orange County CA

149.3

8

Jackson-Madison County TN

82.4

9

Boston MA

148.4

9

Muskogee OK

82.8

10

Los Angeles-Long Beach CA

147.2

10

Richmond IN

83.0

               

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.

Amarillo TX


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