BY THE NUMBERS ‌ Composite Cost 

The Council for Community and Economic Research recently released the cost of living index for most metropolitan areas. The index is based on six components — housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. Areas are rated based on a comparison with the national average. For example, Charleston is at 98.9 because it is 1.1 percent below the national average. The following is the composite Cost of Living index for selected metropolitan cities:
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