How does your city compare?

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How does your city compare?
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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 9:41am

The overall COL living index for my city is 84.

The breakdowns are:

Food 87
Housing 64
Utilities 96
Transportation 94
Health 107
Mics 98

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 10:51am
The overall COL index for my town is 146. For housing alone, it's 205.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 10:52am
In a worldwide survey of 2009 that uses New York City as 100, Athens ranks at 85 and Copenhagen at 105. Other US cities on the list are: LA (87.6), White Plains (84.7), SF (82.5), Miami (81.4), Chicago (80.7).


Edited 11/1/2009 10:56 am ET by rollmops2009
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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 11:46am

Here's mine....I compared it to Houston, Texas.

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Ducky

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Sun, 11-01-2009 - 2:21pm

One gripe I have about food costs is the the quality of the produce in one area is vastly different from another area. I routinely go to the regular grocery store near my sisters in CT and see fabulous produce at regular grocery store prices. We get terrible produce for similar prices. As a result, the food prices in our area are not rated at high as they should be IMO - compared to her grocery prices. We have to go to a higher priced grocery store to get the same quality so I find it hard to believe that her prices are higher than mine.

Cost of Living Indexes MINE SISTER'S IN CT
Overall 223 105
Food 107 115
Housing 427 93
Utilities 96 122
Transportation 121 109
Health 113 111
Miscellaneous 105 106




Edited 11/1/2009 2:26 pm ET by tryingtoquit
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Registered: 07-20-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 3:54pm
Wondered if everyone is using their "town" they live in or the biggest "city" by them?
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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 4:01pm

I had mentioned when this discussion has come up before that I have never lived in a high COL area but I have still seen the effect of moving between various COL areas. Out of curiosity I compared places that I have lived (the list does not include the place I grew up in, overseas assignments and an assignment where I was active duty and living in the barracks).

I went from cities with COL indexes of 80 to 90 to 71 to 75 to 73 to 84.

Some of it backed up my experience. The move from 80 to 90 was rough, very little disposable income. We got some of the disposable income back when we went from 90 to 71 (but then we also added a third child).

The one most surprising to me was the move from 71 to 75. I thought the difference was more. But the difference was very significant in utilities area and that is where I felt it the most.

The last move from 73 to 84 we actually felt the least because that was when DH retired from the Air Force so our income went more than enough to overcome the difference in COL.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 4:06pm
I think it would depend on whether or not their town shows up in the data base. Mine does so I used it. In my later post where I compared all of the cities I have lived in not all of them were in the data base so I did have to use a nearby city for a couple.
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Registered: 02-04-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 4:14pm

I'm sure you are. But clearly the answer is: not everyone. Since you have not answered the actual question.

So, in reality, everyone but you has used their town. And you have simply asked an irrelevant question.

Interestingly enough, if I use the closest "big city" (otherwise known as "Baltimore"), the cost of living goes DOWN from my "town", with an overall COL index of 92, with a housing index of 78.

On the other hand, if I use Washington, DC, the COL index goes up to 166, with the housing index rising up to 266. If I use Annapolis, MD, the index is basically the same as my "town", with my "town's" overall index at 141 and the Annapolis index at 142. The housing index in my "town" is 205 and in Annapolis, it's 209.

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Kitty

The boys: Cyduck, Buster and Ricki
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The girls: Solstice, Trini and Maisie
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Kitty

"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .

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Registered: 04-22-2009
Sun, 11-01-2009 - 4:35pm

THIS is why I don't live in the town that I work in:


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