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Key Indicators for Understanding Our Region

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Economy / Cost of Living

Pittsburgh's average Composite Cost of Living Index for the 2nd quarter of 2015 is 100.1, below the benchmark average of 102.9.

Transportation costs in the Pittsburgh region are the second-highest among all benchmark regions at 111.4, only below Minneapolis. The transportation component is based on the price of one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline and the average price of auto maintenance.

Health care costs in Pittsburgh are the fourth-lowest among benchmark regions at 96.5, above Baltimore, Kansas City and Detroit. The health care component is based on the price of various doctor office visits and medications.

The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.


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The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)

The Index reflects cost differentials for professional and executive households in the top income quintile. It is important to understand both the methodology and how this index differs from the U.S. government data on the cost of living.