Wednesday, March 22, 2006

TownScores™ Cost of Living Comparison

Cost of Living

Figures are shown as a percentage of the National Average.

I was surprised to see that all cost differences in the group were incremental, except housing. Seattle, San Diego, and Miami had housing costs at or near twice the national average.

Overall Cost of Living
Seattle 146%
Austin 91%
Atlanta 96%
Miami 136%
San Diego 157%
Tucson 96%
US Average 100%
Food Costs
Seattle 110%
Austin 87%
Atlanta 99%
Miami 107%
San Diego 114%
Tucson 104%
US Average 100%
Housing Costs
Seattle 221%
Austin 81%
Atlanta 89%
Miami 186%
San Diego 236%
Tucson 84%
US Average 100%
Utility Costs
Seattle 73%
Austin 91%
Atlanta 93%
Miami 105%
San Diego 126%
Tucson 105%
US Average 100%
Health Care Costs
Seattle 127%
Austin 106%
Atlanta 104%
Miami 122%
San Diego 130%
Tucson 110%
US Average 100%
Transportation Costs
Seattle 109%
Austin 95%
Atlanta 104%
Miami 111%
San Diego 113%
Tucson 106%
US Average 100%
Miscellaneous Costs
Seattle 100%
Austin 103%
Atlanta 99%
Miami 105%
San Diego 104%
Tucson 95%
US Average 100%
Sources: ACCRA Cost of Living Index Sperling's Best Places

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