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Cost of Living Index

(January 25, 2017) - Among the 273 urban areas that participated in the 2015 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 McAllen, 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)

2016 Annual Average Data

National Average for 264 Urban Areas = 100

 

Composite Index

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Dalton, GA

88.6

94.1

69.7

103.2

92.5

91.2

95.7

 

Five Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas

Year End Review 2016

National Average for 264 Urban Areas = 100

Most Expensive

Least Expensive

   

Ranking

Urban Areas

COL Index

Ranking

Urban Areas

COL Index

1

New York (Manhattan), NY

228.2

1

McAllen, TX

76.4

2

Honolulu, HI

190.5

2

Harlingen, TX

79.4

3

San Francisco, CA

177.4

3

Richmond, IN

79.9

4

New York (Brooklyn), NY

173.6

4

Kalamazoo MI

80.1

5

Orange County CA

151.6

5

Ashland, OH

81.5

6

Washington DC

149.2

6

Cleveland TN

82.7

7

Oakland CA

148.7

7

Tupelo MS

82.8

8

Boston MA

148.1

8

Martinsville-Henry County VA

82.8

9

Stamford CT

145.9

9

Memphis TN

83.0

10

Seattle WA

145.1

10

Hattiesburg MS

83.8

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 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.

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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