Cost Of Living Comparisons

According to Investopedia, the cost of living is the amount of money needed to sustain a certain level of living including basic expenses such as housing, food, taxes and health care. The cost of living is often used to compare how expensive it is to live in one city versus another, and is tied to wages because salary levels are measured against the expenses required to maintain a basic standard of living depending on the geographic region. 
The following data has been obtained by Sperling's BestPlaces. The analytics of the cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means the community is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means the community is more expensive. 
 
The total of all the cost of living categories weighted subjectively as follows: housing (30%), food and groceries (15%), transportation (10%), utilities (6%), health care (7%), and miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, services, and entertainment (32%). State and local taxes are not included in any category.  Updated 09/18 by Sperling's BestPlaces.
 
The cost of living chart indicates that 7 communities in Southern Arizona have a lower cost of living vs the US average. While, 5 communities have a higher cost of living in Southern Arizona vs the US average.  
 
 

Cost Of Living Rankings

 

CITY

INDEX

PERCENTAGE

Nogales

81.5

19.5% Lower

Rio Rico

88.2

11.8% Lower

Amado

88.9

11.1% Lower

Arivaca

90.2

9.8% Lower

Sahuarita

97.1

2.9% Lower

Green Valley

97.5

2.5% Lower

Tucson

99.4

0.6% Lower

Patagonia

102.7

2.7% Higher

Elgin

111.4

11.4% Higher

Tubac

112.7

12.7% Higher

Sonoita

122.4

22.4% Higher

Tumacacori

150.0

50% Higher

 

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