Cost of Living
Cost of Living Comparison
This index compares the relative cost of living in different locations. Using the United States as the base location (i.e., a value of 100), an index value of 120 means that the cost of living in that particular community is 20 percent higher than in the base location; a value of 94 indicates a more affordable location.
The total of all cost of living categories is weighted as follows: 30% housing, 15% groceries, 10% transportation, 6% utilities, 7% health care, and 32% miscellaneous (clothing, services, entertainment); state and local taxes are not included.
Source: Sperling's Best Places (www.bestplaces.net), 2017 data (April 2020).