New data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis allow comparisons of how expensive things are across the country's 381 metropolitan regions. Darker shades of green here show lower costs, while darker shades of red show higher costs. Click on a metro region to learn more about it, including rankings and a breakdown of those cost indexes.
Data from the cost indexes, called regional price parities, comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, as do the real price-adjusted estimates of personal income. Those costs are from price quotes for some of the items from the consumer price index. Also included in the information boxes on the map are population estimates for the metro region for 2012 from the U.S. Census Bureau.
To view the map in a full-screen window, click here.
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