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COLI Release Highlights, Quarter 2, 2016

Among the 260 urban areas that participated in the second quarter 2016 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 almost 25 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.

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas
in the Cost of Living Index (COLI)
Second Quarter 2016
National Average for 260 Urban Areas = 100
 Most Expensive  Least Expensive
Ranking Urban Areas COL Index Ranking Urban Areas COL Index
1 New York (Manhattan) NY 226.0 1 McAllen TX 75.9
2 Sunnyvale CA 224.2 2 Richmond IN 78.7
3 Honolulu HI 191.1 3 Kalamazoo MI 79.7
4 San Francisco 174.7 4 Harlingen TX 80.6
5 New York (Brooklyn) NY 172.8 5 Hattiesburg MS 81.1
6 Orange County CA 149.2 6 Ashland OH 82.0
7 Washington DC 148.4 7 Martinsville-Henry County VA 82.0
8 Oakland CA 147.2 8 Memphis TN 82.2
9 Boston MA 146.0 9 Sherman-Denison Tx 82.6
10 Stamford CT 145.7 10 Tupelo MS 82.7

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 almost 60 different items for which prices are collected three times a year by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations or university applied economic centers in each participating urban area. Small differences in the index numbers should not be interpreted as significant.

The composite index is based on six components: housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

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