Cost of Living

Published August 2013

Metro/Micro Area Composite Index (100%) Grocery Items (13.31%) Housing (29.27%) Utilities (10.22%) Transportation (9.86) Health Care (4.23%) Misc. Goods & Services (33.11%)
Grant County, WA 90.6 91.8 81.3 74.2 101.5 112.5
95.7
Other Northwest Communities
Boise, ID 93.4 87.9
86.5 86.6
107.6 106.3
96.4
Idaho Falls, ID
86.1
79.1
67.9
93.3
101.9
98.0
91.4
Portland, OR 116.1 101.8 138.1
93.7
116.2
114.6
110.9
Seattle, WA 117.8 100.3 137.7
96.6
116.0
120.3
115.6
Spokane, WA 97.1 92.9
92.2
92.6
102.2
110.8
100.5
Selected Major Metropolitan Areas (2 million + population)
Atlanta, GA 95.5 97.5
85.7
93.1
100.8
102.2
100.8
Boston, MA 138.0 126.6
170.7
147.1
101.1
118.3
129.4
Chicago, IL 113.4 93.9
134.7
97.9
120.2
96.8
108.4
Cincinnati, OH 92.0 91.7
81.2
88.6
106.6
101.2
95.2
Dallas, TX 96.4
94.2
73.9
109.5
102.6
96.5 109.6
Denver, CO 105.2 92.8
115.2
102.5
101.9
107.9
103.7
Detroit, MI 94.8 83.8
91.1
103.9
102.3
100.3
96.0
Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA 129.9 99.9
196.0
107.0
111.3
110.0
104.2
Miami/Dade County, FL 107.2 100.8
117.8
94.5
111.8
105.4
103.5
New York (Manhattan), NY 218.8 132.8
437.1
132.1
125.4
106.1
151.5
Phoenix, AZ 96.5 97.6
97.4
96.3
99.0
99.0
94.0
San Francisco, CA 159.5 126.2
285.6
92.4
111.6
116.6
113.6
St. Louis, MO-IL 94.4 99.2
73.8
114.8
105.7
102.1
97.6
Washington/Arlington/Alexandria, DC-VA 140.9 110.9
246.3
106.0
107.1
100.2
95.0
               
HOW TO USE THE ACCRA COST OF LIVING INDEX:
Assume that City A has a composite index of 98.3 and City B has a composite index of 128.5. If you live in City A and are contemplating a job offer in City B, how much of an increase in your after-taxes income is needed to maintain your present lifestyle?
100*[(City B - City A)/City A] = 100*[(128.5-98.3)/98.3] = 100*(.3072) = 30.72%, or about a 31% increase.
Conversely, if you are considering a move from City B to City A, how much of a cut in after-taxes income can you sustain without reducing your present lifestyle?
100*[(City A - City B)/City b] = 100*[(98.3 - 128.5)/128.5] = 100*(-.2350) = -23.5%, or about a 24% reduction.