Cost of Living Index by State

In general, the cost of living refers to how much daily life costs on average for citizens. This takes into account different aspects of what is necessary to cover for basic needs, like food, housing, transportation, necessary utilities, and access to healthcare. Sometimes, cost of living can also include other important yet less necessary things such as entertainment or access to electronics, etc. 

The cost of living is however not the same all over the U.S., and can actually vary greatly from state to state, sometimes even from city to city. As such, to better understand these differences between states’ cost of living, indexes are created to more accurately compare states’ cost of living to one another. Such indexes are particularly useful for individuals looking to relocate, but also for businesses and services for them to better tailor their prices to what people in the state can actually afford, as well as for government agencies to adapt benefits and other types of interventions to help lower-income-earners, for example.

The way that a cost of living index is determined is by creating a set number (usually 100) as a baseline for the national average cost of living that each state’s cost of living is then compared to, to see if the state ranks higher or lower than the national average, and by how much. 

If you want to learn more about the cost of living in the U.S., take a look at how each state ranks by surveying the data in the charts.

Cost of Living Index by State

Alabama - Cost of Living Index

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87.5

#4 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.91

#40 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#32 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$56,929

#46 in the US

Alaska - Cost of Living Index

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127.3

#46 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.72

#25 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10.34

#20 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$81,133

#12 in the US

Arizona - Cost of Living Index

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106.7

#36 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.43

#14 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12.8

#8 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$70,821

#28 in the US

Arkansas - Cost of Living Index

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89.9

#7 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.55

#41 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$11

#16 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$50,784

#49 in the US

California - Cost of Living Index

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139.7

#48 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$21.82

#2 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$15

#1 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$81,575

#11 in the US

Colorado - Cost of Living Index

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102.4

#29 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$19.16

#7 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12.56

#9 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$84,954

#8 in the US

Connecticut - Cost of Living Index

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118.9

#43 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$19

#8 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$14

#3 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$80,958

#13 in the US

Delaware - Cost of Living Index

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105.8

#35 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.74

#15 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10.5

#21 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$68,687

#32 in the US

District of Columbia - Cost of Living Index

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158.8

#50 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$23.13

#1 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$15.2

#2 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$90,640

#2 in the US

Florida - Cost of Living Index

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102.6

#30 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.24

#16 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10

#22 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$59,734

#44 in the US

Georgia - Cost of Living Index

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88.2

#5 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.64

#17 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#33 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$61,497

#42 in the US

Hawaii - Cost of Living Index

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192.7

#51 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$21.99

#3 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10.1

#23 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$82,199

#9 in the US

Idaho - Cost of Living Index

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99.4

#28 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.16

#26 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#34 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$76,918

#18 in the US

Illinois - Cost of Living Index

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91.7

#14 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$18.16

#12 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12

#10 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$79,253

#16 in the US

Indiana - Cost of Living Index

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89.2

#8 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.79

#42 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#35 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$70,190

#29 in the US

Iowa - Cost of Living Index

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88.1

#6 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.18

#27 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#36 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$72,429

#25 in the US

Kansas - Cost of Living Index

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85.4

#3 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.38

#28 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#37 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$75,979

#20 in the US

Kentucky - Cost of Living Index

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93.6

#17 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.46

#43 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#38 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$55,629

#47 in the US

Louisiana - Cost of Living Index

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93.3

#18 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.15

#29 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#39 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$57,206

#45 in the US

Maine - Cost of Living Index

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115.1

#40 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.88

#18 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12.75

#11 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$71,139

#26 in the US

Maryland - Cost of Living Index

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126.4

#45 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$19.74

#9 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12.5

#12 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$97,332

#1 in the US

Massachusetts - Cost of Living Index

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130.2

#47 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$21.88

#4 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$14.25

#4 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$86,566

#7 in the US

Michigan - Cost of Living Index

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89.9

#9 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.36

#30 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$9.87

#25 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$64,488

#35 in the US

Minnesota - Cost of Living Index

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97.2

#26 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.74

#19 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$10.33

#24 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$80,441

#14 in the US

Mississippi - Cost of Living Index

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83.1

#1 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.66

#44 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#40 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$46,637

#51 in the US

Missouri - Cost of Living Index

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90.5

#11 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.29

#31 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$11.15

#17 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$63,594

#37 in the US

Montana - Cost of Living Index

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104.4

#33 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.32

#32 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$9.2

#26 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$64,999

#34 in the US

Nebraska - Cost of Living Index

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91.8

#15 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.6

#33 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$9

#27 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$78,109

#17 in the US

Nevada - Cost of Living Index

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103.1

#32 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.24

#34 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$9.5

#28 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$64,340

#36 in the US

New Hampshire - Cost of Living Index

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117.4

#42 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.32

#20 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#41 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$88,841

#3 in the US

New Jersey - Cost of Living Index

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112.9

#37 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$20.57

#6 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$13

#6 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$88,559

#4 in the US

New Mexico - Cost of Living Index

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93.9

#19 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.25

#35 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$11.5

#18 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$53,463

#48 in the US

New York - Cost of Living Index

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152.1

#49 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$21.99

#5 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$13.2

#7 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$72,920

#23 in the US

North Carolina - Cost of Living Index

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95

#22 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.14

#21 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#42 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$62,891

#38 in the US

North Dakota - Cost of Living Index

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96.8

#25 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.37

#45 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#43 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$68,882

#31 in the US

Ohio - Cost of Living Index

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90.8

#12 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.61

#46 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$9.3

#29 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$62,689

#39 in the US

Oklahoma - Cost of Living Index

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84.8

#2 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.75

#47 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#44 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$60,096

#43 in the US

Oregon - Cost of Living Index

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125.2

#44 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$19.51

#10 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12.5

#13 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$81,855

#10 in the US

Pennsylvania - Cost of Living Index

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97.5

#27 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.67

#36 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#45 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$72,627

#24 in the US

Rhode Island - Cost of Living Index

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112.8

#38 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.8

#22 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12.25

#14 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$74,982

#21 in the US

South Carolina - Cost of Living Index

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93.9

#20 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.47

#23 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#46 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$62,542

#40 in the US

South Dakota - Cost of Living Index

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95.2

#23 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$14.85

#51 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$9.95

#30 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$73,893

#22 in the US

Tennessee - Cost of Living Index

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89.4

#10 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.45

#48 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#47 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$62,166

#41 in the US

Texas - Cost of Living Index

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92.1

#16 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.41

#37 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#48 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$67,404

#33 in the US

Utah - Cost of Living Index

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104.2

#34 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.98

#38 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#49 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$87,649

#5 in the US

Vermont - Cost of Living Index

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116.9

#41 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$17.81

#24 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$12.55

#15 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$76,079

#19 in the US

Virginia - Cost of Living Index

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102.7

#31 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$19.4

#11 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$11

#19 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$80,268

#15 in the US

Washington - Cost of Living Index

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113.9

#39 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$18.54

#13 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$14.49

#5 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$87,648

#6 in the US

West Virginia - Cost of Living Index

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90.5

#13 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.45

#49 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$8.75

#31 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$46,836

#50 in the US

Wisconsin - Cost of Living Index

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95.5

#24 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$16.4

#39 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#50 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$69,943

#30 in the US

Wyoming - Cost of Living Index

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93.9

#21 in the US

ESTIMATED LIVING WAGEhelp

$15.25

#50 in the US

MINIMUM WAGEhelp

$7.25

#51 in the US

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOMEhelp

$71,052

#27 in the US