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Cost of Living - Composite Index

The U.S. Bureau of the Census relies on the Cost of Living Index, researched and provided by ACCRA, a nonprofit organization promoting excellence in research for economic and community development, for cost comparisons of over 300 U.S. cities.

The cost of living in Roanoke is considerably lower than in many localities in the United States, making it an affordable location to grow both business and family.

The cost of living composite index combines measures of basic living expenses of a given city, including housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.


Composite Index
Cost of Living Index, Roanoke, VA
National Average
Brooklyn, NY 173.4
Composite 90.6 100.0
San Jose, CA 150.2
Grocery 90.9 100.0
Stamford, CT 147.1
Housing 90.0 100.0
Oakland, CA 145.9
Utilities 98.7 100.0
Washington, DC 145.9
Transportation 87.5 100.0
San Diego, CA 143.5
Health 94.5 100.0
Boston, MA 142.6
Miscellaneous 89.0 100.0
Seattle, WA 138.2

Newark, NJ 126.9

Philadelphia, PA 119.6

Chicago, IL 116.2

Albany, NY 111.1

Denver, CO 109.3

Las Vegas, NV 108.3

Minneapolis, MN 108.0

Chapel Hill, NC 104.8

Morgantown, WV 103.6

Ann Arbor, MI 102.7

Fort Worth, TX 102.4

Charleston, SC 101.1

Milwaukee, WI 101.1

Atlanta, GA 100.4

USA Average 100.0

Asheville, NC 99.2

Harrisburg, PA 99.1

Jacksonville, FL 98.9

Houston, TX 97.9

Salt Lake City, UT 96.6

Dallas, TX 96.4

Phoenix, AZ 95.7

Kansas City, MO-KS 95.3

Chattanooga, TN 94.8

Columbia, SC 94.3

Sioux Falls, SD 93.9

Dayton, OH 93.5

Huntsville, AL 92.0

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Survey 2015