Cost of Living by State
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When economists talk about The Cost of Living by State, they are usually referring to how much it costs to live in one state, as compared to how much it costs to live in another state.

Necessities like food, housing, utilities and transportation expenses are all considered when actuaries perform Cost of Living calculations.

The numbers shown below indicate a state's ranking, as compared to other states, in terms of cost of living (COL) during the 2013, 2014, and 2017.

Lower numbers are better for cost of living.

The cost of living is generally measured in terms of the average price paid for housing, utilities, groceries, healthcare, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. 

The data shown below was compiled from collected stats found in the Federal Cost of Living Index, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and on various official economic websites pertaining to each individual state.

For the purpose of understanding this type of list, the national average cost of living is fixed at 100. So, you can't tell exactly how much it costs to live somewhere, but you can see how much states deviate from the national average, and from each other.

States are listed alphabetically on this page.

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Cost of Living by State


STATE              (2013)      (2014)    (2017)

Alabama             92.4            92.0        90.6

Alaska               131.1          133.2      131.5

Arizona             100.8          100.3         96.6

Arkansas             91.0           92.5         87.9

California           128.6         131.9       136.3

Colorado              99.7         101.9       101.6

Connecticut        133.8         145.9       129.1

Delaware           106.9         103.7       102.5

Florida                 97.8           99.3       100.4

Georgia               92.0            94.4        90.0

Hawaii               161.7          163.8      187.7

Idaho                  89.4           90.7         90.8

Illinois                 94.9           96.1         97.1

Indiana                90.0           89.9         90.6

Iowa                    91.3           92.8        92.3

Kansas                 91.8           92.7        91.1

Kentucky              90.1           92.3        94.6



Louisiana              94.2            94.7       93.8        

Maine                 109.0          111.6      115.0

Maryland            122.3          116.6       129.1

Massachusetts    121.2          124.7       129.4

Michigan              94.4            91.7         89.5

Minnesota          100.9          101.2         99.7

Mississippi            88.7           87.6         85.0

Missouri               92.9           93.1         90.1

Montana              98.4          102.1        98.0

Nebraska             88.9            92.4        93.9

Nevada                94.9          103.7      101.6

New Hampshire   120.2         116.6       118.0

New Jersey         129.5          125.4      121.2

New Mexico          92.5            92.6        96.2

New York            134.5          131.6      131.1

North Carolina       95.6           96.5        94.5

North Dakota        99.7            99.8        99.3

Ohio                     92.3            94.4        92.7

Oklahoma             90.0            92.1        89.1

Oregon               106.9           124.9      127.3

Pennsylvania       101.1           102.1      102.1

Rhode Island       125.8           123.3      123.2

South Carolina       95.0            95.2      100.5

South Dakota         99.7          101.5      100.2

Tennessee             89.7            89.4        89.7

Texas                    91.4            92.9        90.4

Utah                      93.0            92.3        94.0

Vermont              118.3           120.3      120.7

Virginia                  95.9            95.8      101.7

Washington          101.6          103.6      106.1

West Virginia          96.6          102.0       95.3

Wisconsin               95.1            97.3       96.4

Wyoming                99.5            94.4       94.7



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