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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 3rd quarter of 2015 was 95.2, below the benchmark average of 104.

Transportation costs in the Pittsburgh region are the second-highest among all benchmark regions at 109.5, only below Detroit. The transportation component is based on the price of one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline and the average price of auto maintenance.

Miscellaneous good and services costs in Pittsburgh are the lowest among benchmark regions at 89.9. The miscellaneous goods and services component is based on the costs of various goods and services such as a 12-inch pizza, a man's barbershop haircut and a major appliance repair.

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.