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COST OF LIVING INDEX QUARTERLY UPDATE

Nov. 3, 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 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)

Third Quarter 2022

National Average for 265 Urban Areas = 100

 

Composite Index

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Dalton, GA

87.3

92.8

75.5

97.2

76.8

86.2

95.8

 

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas

in the Cost of Living Index (COLI)

Third 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

237.6

1

Harlingen TX

75.6

2

Honolulu HI

186.0

2

Decatur IL

78.0

3

San Francisco CA

182.8

3

McAllen TX

78.2

4

New York (Brooklyn) NY

170.3

4

Kalamazoo MI

79.3

5

Orange County CA

154.9

5

Muskogee OK

79.7

6

Washington DC

153.4

6

Topeka KS

80.6

7

Los Angeles-Long Beach CA

152.5

7

Tupelo MS

80.7

8

Seattle WA

152.2

8

Ashland OH

81.9

9

Boston MA

149.9

9

Anniston-Calhoun County AL

82.4

10

San Diego CA

147.4

10

Salina KS

82.5

               

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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