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Would you like to know the cost of living in various areas across the United States to help determine if you can afford to live in a certain area? A cost of living index is a useful comparison tool in evaluating the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services in a specified location.

The cost of living index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services necessary to maintain a standard of living in a specific area. The average index for all locations in the United States is equal to 100. Each specific location is represented as a percentage of the average index of 100.


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