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Table 2: Cost of Living

Snapshot: This table displays the overall cost of living for select metropolitan areas throughout the U.S., organized by state. Metro areas with a number value greater than 100.0 are more expensive to live in than the U.S. average, while metro areas with a value of less than 100.0 are less expensive to live in than the U.S. average. See “RN Salaries Overview” for more information about the methodology.

  • In the table, dark green colors indicate the highest cost of living, and dark red colors indicate the lowest cost of living
  • The metropolitan areas with the highest cost of living can be found on the West Coast and in the Northeast.
  • The metropolitan areas with the lowest cost of living can be found in the South, the Midwest and in parts of the mountain We

Metropolitan Area (By State)

Cost of Living Index

Alabama
Anniston-Oxford 94.7
Birmingham-Hoover 87
Decatur-Hartselle 90.8
Dothan 88.2
Florence-Muscle Shoals 92.2
Huntsville 93.4
Mobile 92.1
Montgomery 97.2
Tuscaloosa 99.1
Alaska
Anchorage 125.9
Fairbanks 139.8
Juneau 141.5
Arizona
Lake Havasu City-Kingman 103.9
Phoenix-Mesa 96
Prescott 96.3
Tucson 93.8
Yuma 104.7
Arkansas
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers(AR-MO) 86.3
Hot Springs 93.1
Jonesboro 88.3
Little Rock-North Little Rock 101.1
California
Bakersfield 99.5
Fresno 105.2
Los Angeles-Long Beach 131.3
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward 136.8
Riverside-San Bernadino-Ontario 113.7
Sacramento-Aden
Arcade-Roseville
117.1
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos 134.4
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City 168.3
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 157
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine 140.1
Colorado
Colorado Springs 96.7
Denver-Aurora 105.1
Grand Junction 103
Pueblo 85.1
Connecticut
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 124.6
New Haven-Milford 130.9
Stamford-Norwalk 148.4
Delaware
Dover 104.8
Wilmington (DE-MD-NJ) 112.2
District of Columbia
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (DC-VA-MD) 150.8
Florida
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 95.3
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach 95
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach 112.6
Jacksonville 95.7
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall 108.1
Orlando-Kissimmee 96
Punta Gorda 93.9
Sebastian-Vero Beach 99.4
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 92.2
Georgia
Albany 91
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta 95
Augusta-Aiken (GA-SC) 90.9
Dalton 89.4
Savannah 91.2
Valdosta 95.8
Hawaii
Honolulu 169.7
Idaho
Boise City-Nampa 97.2
Idaho Falls 86.4
Illinois
Champaign-Urbana 100.1
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet 118.6
Danville 93
Kankakee-Bradley 94.9
Peoria 102.2
Rockford 90.9
Springfield 87.8
Indiana
Bloomington 92.9
Elkhart-Goshen 91.6
Evansville (IN-KY) 95.5
Fort Wayne 90.8
Indianapolis-Carmel 93.8
Lafayette 94.2
South Bend-Mishawaka (IN-MI) 90
Iowa
Ames 97.4
Cedar Rapids 92.8
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island (IA-IL) 99.8
Des Moines 90.8
Waterloo-Cedar Falls 93.1
Kansas
Manhattan 92.4
Topeka 94.1
Wichita 90.9
Kentucky
Cincinnati-Middletown (OH-KY-IN) 88.4
Lexington-Fayette 88.7
Louisville (KY-IN) 91.6
Louisiana
Alexandria 99.9
Baton Rouge 91.3
Hammond 89.7
Lafayette 96.5
Lake Charles 96.1
Monroe 95.5
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner 94.5
Shreveport-Bossier City 97.8
Maine
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford 110.2
Maryland
Baltimore-Towson 118
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick 130.9
Massachussetts
Boston-Quincy 142.8
Worcester 105.6
Michigain
Ann Arbor 103
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn 98.9
Grand Rapids-Wyoming 91.5
Kalamazoo-Portage 88.5
Minnessota
Mankato-North Mankato 97.1
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (MI-WI) 110.8
Rochester 100.4
St. Cloud 97.4
Mississippi
Hattiesburg 94
Jackson 89.3
Missouri
Columbia 94.2
Jefferson City 91.9
Joplin 89.5
Kansas City (MO-KS) 100.2
St. Louis (MO-IL) 89.6
Springfield 89.2
Montana
Bozeman 103.7
Kalispell 96.9
Nebraska
Lincoln 91.9
Omaha-Council Bluffs (NE-IA) 89.9
Nevada
Las Vegas-Paradise 98.3
Reno-Sparks 92.5
New Hampshire
Manchester-Nashua 120.1
New Jersey
Edison-Middlesex-Monmouth 126.9
Newark-Elizabeth 129.4
New Mexico
Albuquerque-Rio Rancho 96.7
Las Cruces 97.2
New York
Albany-Schenectady-Troy 109.7
Buffalo-Niagra Falls 99.2
Nassau-Suffolk 133.4
New York City 187.4
Rochester 103.3
North Carolina
Asheville 99.4
Burlington 92.9
Chapel Hill 110.2
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord (NC-SC) 93.7
Durham 91.4
Greenville 96.6
Raleigh-Cary 90.9
Wilmington 95.6
Winston-Salem 89.2
North Dakota
Fargo (ND-MN) 95.2
Minot 107.2
Ohio
Akron 101.6
Cincinnatti-Middletown (OH-KY-IN) 91.1
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor 101.8
Columbus 89.2
Dayton 93.7
Lima 96.4
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman (OH-PA) 88.3
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City 90.5
Lawton 89.9
Tulsa 88.3
Oregon
Klamath Falls 94.1
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton (OR-WA) 118.7
Pennsylvania
Johnstown 96.2
Philadelphia 122.8
Pittsburgh 95.7
Williamsport-Lycoming 99.7
York-Hanover 98.9
Rhode Island
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River (RI-MA) 122.5
South Carolina
Anderson 87.9
Charleston-North Charleston 98.1
Columbia 95.7
Greenville 90.3
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach 94.5
Spartanburg 92.4
Sumter 90
South Dakota
Pierre 101.9
Tennessee
Chattanooga (TN-GA) 93.7
Knoxville 88.8
Memphis (TN-MS-AR) 85.6
Morristown 90
Nashville-Franklin 87.7
Texas
Amarillo 93.6
Austin 94.4
Brownsville 91.7
Byran-College Station 90.5
Corpus Christi 92.2
Dallas 96.4
El Paso 94.6
Fort Worth 89.3
Houston-Sugar Land 94.2
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood 90.6
Lubbock 88.9
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 86
Odessa 94.4
San Angelo 89.9
San Antonio 87.7
Sherman-Denison 88
Texarkana (TX-AR) 94.8
Tyler 92.1
Waco 89.6
Wichita Falls 87.1
Utah
Ogden-Clearfield 95.7
Provo-Orem 95.9
St. George 91.5
Salt Lake City 95.7
Vermont
Burlington-South Burlington 120
Virginia
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford 95.8
Charlottesville 108
Danville 92.6
Harrisonburg 100.3
Lynchburg 92.1
Richmond 100.6
Roanoke 88.7
Winchester (VA-WV) 102.8
Washington
Kenneick-Richland-Pasco 96
Olympia 105.7
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett 116.2
Spokane 95.9
Tacoma 107.6
Yakima 92.5
West Virginia
Charleston 94.6
Wisconsin
Eau Claire 90.4
Green Bay 96.4
Janesville 97.7
Madison 109.8
Milwaukee-Waukesha 101
Wasau 95.7
Wyoming
Laramie 100.7

The 10 metropolitan areas with the highest cost of living in the U.S. are:

Metropolitan Area

Cost of Living Index

New York City 187.4
Honolulu 169.7
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City 168.3
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 157
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (DC-VA-MD) 150.8
Stamford-Norwalk 148.4
Boston-Quincy 142.8
Juneau 141.5
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine 140.1

The 10 metropolitan areas with the lowest cost of living in the U.S. are:

Metropolitan Area

Cost of Living Index

Pueblo 85.1
Memphis (TN-MS-AR) 85.6
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 86
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers (AR-MO) 86.3
Idaho Falls 86.4
Birmingham-Hoover 87
Wichita Falls 87.1
Nashville-Franklin 87.7
San Antonio 87.7
Springfield 87.8