Cost of Living Data Series
1st Quarter 2010
In general, the most expensive areas to live are New England, Alaska, Hawaii, and the West Coast. The least expensive areas continue to be the Midwest and Southern States.
MERIC derives the cost of living index for each state by averaging the indices of participating cities and metropolitan areas in that state. Cities across the nation participate in ACCRA’s survey on a volunteer basis. Price information in the survey is governed by ACCRA collection guidelines which strive for uniformity.