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: utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and 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: First Quarter 2005
Ranking Urban Areas State Index
1 Manhattan New York(NY) 203.9
2 San Francisco California(CA) 178.7
3 San Jose California(CA) 167.2
4 Honolulu Hawaii(HI) 156.9
5 Los Angeles - Long Beach California(CA) 153.7
6 Orange County California(CA) 152.8
7 Oakland California(CA) 150.7
8 Stamford Connecticut(CT) 148.0
9 San Diego California(CA) 146.9
10 Nassau County New York(NY) 144.1

Least Expensive: First Quarter 2005
Ranking Urban Areas State Index
1 McAlester Oklahoma(OK) 77.8
2 McAllen Texas(TX) 83.1
3 Salina Kansas(KS) 83.7
4 Conway Arkansas(AR) 84.0
5 Paris Texas(TX) 84.4
6 Joplin Missouri(MO) 84.4
7 Douglas Georgia(GA) 84.8
8 Clarksville Tennessee(TN) 85.0
9 Tupelo Mississippi(MS) 85.1
10 Jonesboro Arkansas(AR) 85.3

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Cost of Living Index    Most and Least Expensive Cities: Second Quarter 2005