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Publications

Quarterly Index
Excel Expanded Edition
County Level Index + Adjusted MHI
State Level Index
Small Cities Program
Historical Index

Quarterly Index

Published quarterly since 1968, COLI is available for purchase in print and various electronic formats. The print edition is a magazine-style publication that is mailed to the shipping address provided. PDF or Excel formats are available for immediate download.

 

The publication currently available is the Quarter 3, 2017 Index.

Current Publication
Single Issue4 Issue Subscription
PDF313
Print112
Excel1114
Print + Excel2317
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Excel Expanded Edition

This issue includes the regular quarterly publication, along with indices for six additional demographic groups (Construction Workers and Mechanics, Self Employed Workers, Wage and Salary Earners, Retired, Lowest 20 income quintile, Second 20 income quintile). Estimated expenditures for two household sizes Family size (Husband and Wife with one child under 6 years old and Husband and Wife with two children) and Homeownership (Homeowners and Renters) are also included with this publication.

The publication currently available is the Quarter 3, 2017 Index.

Current Publication
Single Issue4 Issue Subscription
Excel Expanded6162
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County Level Index

The voluntary nature of the quarterly Index means that not every area is covered, and customers increasingly seek cost comparisons in local areas. In response to the demand for more localized data, C2ER has developed a county-level cost of living index for the United States based on an econometric model that identifies key determinants of an area’s cost of living.

The publication currently available is the 2017 County Level Index.

County Level Index + Adjusted County Median Household Income

The County Index Adjusted for Median Household Index (MHI) was created to standardize the Census MHI data to factor in cost of living differentials. This publication includes the County Level Index, MHI county data, and the adjusted income for each county.

Current Publication
County Level Index70
County Level Index + Adjusted MHI71
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State Level Index

Based on the estimated County Cost of Living Index, the statewide index uses the population weighted index numbers for each county within a state.

The publication currently available is the 2017 State Level Index.

Current Publication
State Level Index72
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Small Cities Project

For cities interested in participating in the Cost of Living Index but have populations less than the 35,000 population threshold, C2ER has an option called the Small Cities Project. For any smaller community in the United States, the small city program is available as an independent project to allow your community to still benchmark its cost of living to the national average. In this program, smaller cities may participate in as few or as many quarterly collections during the year. For an annual fee of $250, your city can receive a personalized COLI publication.

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Historical Quarterly Index

The Historical Quarterly Index includes MSA and city level Index values and average price data going back to 1990 in a single file. Back issues are available since 1980 and include all four published quarters for each year. Issues from 1980-1989 are available in PDF format only and issues from 1990 to current are available in Excel format. For individual past quarter data, or any other historical options, please contact us.

Historical Data
Historical Dataset (1990-Present)
Academic59
Non-Academic60
Past Issues (Full Year)
Excel (1990-Present)40
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Online Tools

Online Calculator
Licensing
Library Application

Online Calculator

Do you want to let your clients compare cost of living differences between your community and other communities across the United States?

The Cost of Living Index (COLI) Web Calculator allows your web visitors to make their very own cost of living comparisons between U.S. cities.

To makes these comparisons, the calculator uses continuously updated data pulled directly from the highly regarded Cost of Living Index. The Cost of Living Index data is based on the prices of more than 60 goods and services, updated quarterly.

The C2ER staff provide the options of customizing the COLI Calculator for your needs, hosting it through our server, and providing technical assistance.

To find out more, please call Jennie Allison at 703-522-4980, ext. 1021 to learn how easy and inexpensive it can be for you to add this exciting feature to your website!

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Licensing

Do you need to add more information to your site that will engage your web visitors?

An annual license would allow your site’s visitors to compare the prices in your city to those in many other cities. Your site’s visitors can also enter their current after-tax income and “calculate” the income necessary to maintain their current standard of living in various cities across the United States. Organizations that currently license our data include Payscale, Bankrate, and CNN.

To makes these comparisons, the calculator uses continuously updated data pulled directly from the highly regarded Cost of Living Index. The Cost of Living Index data is based on the prices of more than 60 goods and services, updated quarterly.

To find out more, please call Jennie Allison at 703-522-4980, ext. 1021 to learn how easy it is to add this exciting feature to your website!

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Library Application

The COLI Library Application allows university and public libraries to license historical, county level, and quarterly index publications to provide access to students and researchers. Please contact the C2ER office for more information.

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