Pittsburgh’s average Composite Cost of Living Index for the first quarter of 2017 was 99.9, below the benchmark average of 106.6.
Utilities costs in the Pittsburgh region were the highest Cost of Living component at 113.1. 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 95.3. 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.