Skip to main content

COST OF LIVING INDEX QUARTERLY UPDATE

Aug. 30, 2022

Among the 261 urban areas that participated in the second quarter 2021 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 Kalamazoo, MI.   The Cost of Living Index is published quarterly by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research

Dalton’s Cost of Living Index (COLI)

Second Quarter 2022

National Average for 261 Urban Areas = 100

 

Composite Index

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Dalton, GA

86.9

90.1

73.1

96.0

77.5

84.7

98.9

 

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas

in the Cost of Living Index (COLI)

Second Quarter 2022

National Average for 258 Urban Areas = 100

Most Expensive

 

Least Expensive

 
   

COL

   

   COL

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

Ranking

Urban Areas

Index

1

New York (Manhattan) NY

237.7

1

Kalamazoo MI

75.6

2

Honolulu HI

189.9

2

Muskogee OK

76.5

3

San Francisco CA

183.6

3

Harlingen TX

77.0

4

New York (Brooklyn) NY

174.0

4

McAllen TX

78.8

5

Los Angeles-Long Beach CA

155.1

5

Decatur IL

79.9

6

Boston MA

154.6

6

Joplin MO

80.7

7

Washington DC

154.5

7

Tupelo MS

80.9

8

Orange County CA

154.3

8

Richmond IN

82.0

9

Seattle WA

150.5

9

Thomasville-Lexington NC

82.0

10

Oakland CA

147.1

10

Albany GA

82.3

               

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.


 ADD TO REPORT

As you navigate our website, you can use the “Add Item to Report” button to add any page or property to a custom report that you can print out or save.