Cost of Living Index


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Pittsburgh’s average Composite Cost of Living Index for the third quarter of 2017 was 100.4, below the benchmark average of 107.7.

Grocery costs in the Pittsburgh region were the highest Cost of Living component at 113.7. The utilities component is based on the total monthly home energy cost as well as the price of a private residential telephone line.

Health care costs in Pittsburgh were the third-lowest among all benchmark regions at 92.7. The health care component component is based on the costs of various doctor visits as well as the price of prescription drugs.

The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.



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Data Source(s):

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)

The Index reflects cost differentials for professional and executive households in the top income quintile. It is important to understand both the methodology and how this index differs from the U.S. government data on the cost of living.