Most & Least Expensive:

Following is the data sourced from ACCRA Cost of Living Index, formerly known as the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association. This Cost 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.

Cost of Living Index shown below is based on Six Components: Housing, Utilities, Grocery Items, Transportation, Healthcare and Miscellaneous Goods & Services. The national average for the urban areas is taken to be 100 for this index and the following two tables depict urban areas with the most and least COL indices.

Most Expensive: 2008

Ranking Urban Areas State Index
1 New York (Manhattan) New York (NY) 219.8
2 San Fransisco California (CA) 172.1
3 Honolulu Hawaii (HI) 162.8
4 New York (Queens) New York (NY) 156
5 San Jose California (CA) 156
6 Nassau County New York (NY) 151.4
7 Orange County California (CA) 151.4
8 Stamford Connecticut (CT) 149
9 Oakland California (CA) 147.9
10 Los Angeles - Long Beach California (CA) 147.7
11 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Washington DC-Virginia (VA) 137.4
12 San Diego California (CA) 136.4
13 Fairbanks Arkansas (AK) 136.1
14 Boston Massachusetts (MA) 133.6
15 Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick Maryland (MD) 133.4
16 Bergen-Passaic New Jersey (NJ) 132.7
17 Glenwood Springs Colorado (CO) 131.2
18 Newark-Elizabeth New Jersey (NJ) 129.2
19 Palm Springs California (CA) 127.2
20 Middlesex-Monmouth New Jersey (NJ) 126.2

Least Expensive: 2008

Ranking Urban Areas State Index
1 Joplin Missouri (MO) 82.7
2 Douglas Georgia (GA) 83.2
3 Pryor Creek Oklahoma (OK) 83.4
4 Harlingen Texas (TX) 85.3
5 Palestine-Anderson County Texas (TX) 86
6 Muskogee Oklahoma (OK) 86.4
7 Clarksville Tennessee (TN) 86.4
8 Tupelo Mississippi (MS) 86.5
9 Ashland Ohio (OH) 86.5
10 Morristown Tennessee (TN) 86.5
11 Mason City Iowa (IA) 86.6
12 Dyersburg Tennessee (TN) 86.6
13 Brownsville Texas (TX) 86.7
14 Seguin Texas (TX) 86.7
15 Omaha Nebraska (NE) 86.9
16 Cookeville Tennessee (TN) 86.9
17 Martinsville-Henry County Virginia (VA) 86.9
18 Pueblo Colorado (CO) 87.1
19 Garden City Kansas (KS) 87.1
20 Johnson City Tennessee (TN) 87.2

For additional information, please contact ACCRA, P.O. Box 100127, Arlington VA 22210 USA or visit www.Coli.org or www.ACCRA.org.



Most & Least Expensive: 2007      Most & Least Expensive: 2009