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 Cost of Living
This index compares the relative cost of living in different locations. Using the United States as the base location (i.e. a value of 100), an index value of 120 means that the cost of living in that particular community is 20 percent higher than in the base location; a value of 94 indicates a more affordable location.

  Location

 Cost of Living Index

United States

100

Minneapolis, MN

107

Carson City NV

108

Portland, OR

108

New Haven, CT

109

Baltimore, MD

110

Madera, CA

111

Modesto, CA

112

Reno, NV

115

Stockton, CA

118

Ontario, CA

118

Sacramento, CA

119

Seattle, WA

122

Boston, MA

126

San Diego, CA

144

Los Angeles, CA

151

San Jose, CA

181

Kapaa, HI

215

 Source: Sperling's BestPlaces (www.bestplaces.net ), October 2007 data; the total of all cost of living categories is weighted as follows: 30% housing, 15% groceries, 10% transportation, 6% utilities, 7% health care, and 32% miscellaneous (clothing, services, entertainment); state and local taxes are not included. (as of May 2008)
 
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