Chart: What's The Cost of Living In Your Community?

Sep 25, 2017
Chart of the Week, Budgeting, Question of the Day

Another great interactive map from Visual Capitalist (CEO Jeff Desjardins recently appeared on NGPF podcast) showing the relative value of $100 in communities across the U.S. (go directly to the map on the website which will allow you to scroll over to get information on your specific metro areas):



  • Which states/regions seem to have lowest cost of living (where $100 is worth the most)? 
  • Which states/regions seem to have highest cost of living (where $100 is worth the least)?
  • What do you think is the relationship between cost of living and salaries? Would you expect that people earn more/less in salary in region with low cost of living? Why?
  • Will the cost of living in a given city/state affect where you want to settle after school?


Check out the NGPF lesson on Cost of Living in our Budgeting Unit




About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.