What Is the Average Cost of Living by State?

What Is the Average Cost of Living by State?

Due to differences in taxes, rent and utility bills, food costs, and other geographical quirks the cost of living in America varies from state to state.

Economists assign a number to cost of living, as a specific dollar amount will depend on your lifestyle as well as other factors such as your employment and travel requirements.

Here is a list of all fifty US states and their average cost of living index. In this index, 100 is an “average” cost of living for the entire country — any number lower than that indicates a state that is below average in terms of living cost, while numbers above 100 indicate that state has a higher cost of living than the national average.
Average cost of living
Alabama

92

Alaska

126

Arizona

104

Arkansas

90

California

135

Colorado

102

Connecticut

125

Delaware

100

District of Columbia

100

Florida

101

Georgia

90

Hawaii

165

Idaho

92

Illinois

96

Indiana

92

Iowa

93

Kansas

91

Kentucky

90

Louisiana

95

Maine

115

Maryland

125

Massachusetts

113

Michigan

96

Minnesota

105

Mississippi

102

Missouri

91

Montana

102

Nebraska

90

Nevada

95

New Hampshire

108

New Jersey

101

New Mexico

100

New York

145

North Carolina

96

North Dakota

88

Ohio

102

Oklahoma

90

Oregon

101

Pennsylvania

106

Rhode Island

115

South Carolina

89

South Dakota

88

Tennessee

91

Texas

113

Utah

112

Vermont

134

Virginia

87

Washington

119

West Virginia

95

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