Cost Of Living For Each State | United States Of America

What is Cost of Living (COL)?

Cost of Living is the level of prices relating to a range of everyday items.

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The cost of living is defined as the amount of money needed to sustain a certain standard of living by affording basic needs such as housing, food, healthcare, and more.

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How Is Cost Of Living (COL) Used?

Cost of living is used to see how much it costs to live in a particular state. If you’ve never taken the time out to find out what this amount is, you should. It can help in determining and making economic decisions for your life. It will help you realize how much things cost in your state. You have no control over the state you are born in, however, once you reach the age where you can make your own decisions, you have control over whether you want to stay in your birth state or move somewhere else.

Have you thought about moving?

If you are transistioning to another state, this is good information to know. For example, if you plan on renting an apartment, the amount it cost to rent an apartment in Oklahoma is not the same amount to rent an apartment in California. In fact, an apartment in California can be in the two thousand dollar range per month. Why? The cost of living for each state is different. The prices for food, clothing, gas, and etc., are different.

The cost of living is often used to compare how expensive it is to live in one location compared to another and is also used as a big factor for people to determine where they want to be located in addition to cultural attractions, the job market, and other factors.

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Bottom Line

Some states are more expensive to live in than others, knowing the cost of living for a particular state that you are considering will help you factor in how much it will cost for food, shelter, transportation, energy, clothing, healthcare, and if you have children, childcare. All these things are different for each state.

How Are The Cost Of Living (COL) Indexes Factored?

Cost of living indexes are expenses used to track how much the cost of basic expenses raise over a period.

Expenses used are: Food, Shelter, Transportation, Energy, Clothing, Healthcare, and Childcare.

The Least Expensive State To The Most Expensive State

Based on November 2020 data.

  1. Mississippi
  2. Kansas
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Arkansas
  5. Missouri
  6. Alabama
  7. New Mexico
  8. Georgia
  9. Tennessee
  10. Indiana
  11. Michigan
  12. Iowa
  13. Texas
  14. Ohio
  15. West Virginia
  16. Nebraska
  17. Louisiana
  18. Kentucky
  19. Idaho
  20. Wyoming
  21. Illinois
  22. South Carolina
  23. Wisconsin
  24. North Carolina
  25. North Dakota
  26. Utah
  27. Montana
  28. South Dakota
  29. Puerto Rico
  30. Florida
  31. Minnesota
  32. Arizona
  33. Virginia
  34. Pennsylvania
  35. Colorado
  36. Delaware
  37. New Hampshire
  38. Nevada
  39. Washington
  40. Maine
  41. Vermont
  42. New Jersey
  43. Rhode Island
  44. Connecticut
  45. Maryland
  46. Alaska
  47. Massachusetts
  48. Oregon
  49. California
  50. New York
  51. District of Columbia
  52. Hawaii

What number is your current state? Let me know by leaving a comment with your state and it’s number on this blog post.

The Least Expensive State To Live In & Most Expensive State To Live In

According to the data, the least expensive state to live in is:

The most expensive state to live in is:

Do you live in either state? Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know.

Cite:

World Population Review: https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/cost-of-living-index-by-state

Bridget Denise Webb

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