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Cost of Living

According to average 2018 data found in the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index, the region boasts a cost of living 20.4% less than the national average. Among the 270 urban areas that participated in the index, the after-tax cost for a professional/managerial standard of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York (Manhattan), NY to more than 20 percent below the national average in Harlingen, TX. The Kalamazoo-Portage MSA ranked in the top five urban areas in the U.S. with the most favorable cost of living!

Overall


Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index — 2018 Annual Average Data; Published January 2019.

Grocery


Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index — 2018 Annual Average Data; Published January 2019.

Housing


Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index — 2018 Annual Average Data; Published January 2019.

Utilities


Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index — 2018 Annual Average Data; Published January 2019.

Transportation


Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index — 2018 Annual Average Data; Published January 2019.

Health Care


Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index — 2018 Annual Average Data; Published January 2019.

Miscellaneous


Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index — 2018 Annual Average Data; Published January 2019.

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