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COLI in the Media

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Comparing Regions in the Commonwealth
June 26, 2024

Comparing Regions in the Commonwealth Given that the Cost of Living Index is produced out of Northern Virginia, we decided to take a look at a couple regions in our home state. To do this, we’re comparing two regions in Virginia using two pairs of COLI cities using data from the most recent publication of […]

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How Do Cost of Living Differences Affect Real Earnings?
June 6, 2024

How Do Cost of Living Differences Affect Real Earnings? Opting to relocate for a higher-paying job might seem advantageous at first glance. However, real wages, when adjusted for the cost of living, might not stretch as far as you might think, depending on where you relocate to. If you are thinking about taking a new […]

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Analyzing Essential Items in Different Cities Using COLI Historical Data
June 4, 2024

Analyzing Essential Items in Different Cities Using COLI Historical Data COLI has been collecting prices for over 60 goods and services since 1968 and providing historical data since the 1990s. Historical data allows COLI users to compare quarterly price changes. We selected three essential items – eggs, gasoline, and apartment rent – in Los Angeles, CA, […]

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Press Releases
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release – COST OF LIVING INDEX
May 31, 2024

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release COST OF LIVING INDEX Among the 261 urban areas that participated in the first quarter of the 2024 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 […]

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COLI in the News
The Cost of Living Index was featured on NPR’s Marketplace
May 30, 2024

The Cost of Living Index was featured on NPR’s Marketplace C2ER’s Cost of Living Index was recently featured in NPR’s Marketplace segment! Our very own Tyler Baines discussed the rationale behind why certain products were featured. He was quoted as saying, “…if we’re noticing Walmart, Target, Safeway, they all have the 72-count dishwashing pods… that’s what we’re probably […]

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How the COLI Adjusted Occupational Wage Comparison Tool Tells Your Real Earning Power
May 22, 2024

How the COLI Adjusted Occupational Wage Comparison Tool Tells Your Real Earning Power The COLI Adjusted Occupational Wage Comparison Tool enables you to compare wages for the same job across the U.S. from the national level all the way down to the county level, all while accounting for cost of living differences in regions. By […]

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Setting Sail for the C2ER Conference in Norfolk? Here’s What it Costs to Live There
May 17, 2024

Setting Sail for the C2ER Conference in Norfolk? Here’s What it Costs to Live There The Council for Community Economic Research, or C2ER, is having its annual conference in the historic port town of Norfolk, VA from June 12-14, 2024. Some conference attendees might fall in love with the place and want to make Norfolk […]

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Who Runs COLI, and Why Should You Care?
May 14, 2024

Many of you might not know that the Cost of Living Index is run by a non-profit organization called The Council for Community and Economic Research, also known as C2ER. C2ER is not just another trade association; it’s a community-driven hub that unites economic and workforce development researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, designed to help regions […]

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How Much Does It Cost to Live in Places Made Famous by TV Shows?
May 9, 2024

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in Albuquerque, NM, made famous by Breaking Bad and its exhilarating prequel, Better Call Saul? How about Scranton, PA, the home of the fictional paper company Dunder-Mifflin in the hit show The Office? Or maybe you thought about Lima, Ohio, the setting of the popular music […]

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Navigating Healthcare Costs: Understanding Yearly Standard Medical Expenses
May 6, 2024

In today’s healthcare landscape, understanding and managing medical expenses are crucial for individuals and families alike. Routine checkups at the doctor, dentist, and optometrist are essential for preventing healthcare problems that could be costly to treat. While you may be saving money in the long run, routine care at your family practitioner still adds up. […]

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