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Cost of Living: United States [Visualization]


One of our favorite quotes at Evolytics and the driving mindset behind our data visualization practice is that “The key to making sense of data is visualization.” That’s why we are very excited to share a series of data visualizations, starting with an examination of the cost of living in the United States.

To use this interactive visualization, select the total cost of living index or any of six unique expense categories from the dropdown filter. Also, to see a specific city’s cost of living across categories, change the secondary filter to one of over 300 U.S. cities. Finally, the heatmap at the bottom can be sorted by any of the cost of living indices by clicking on the index’s name.

Here are a few key findings from our cost of living visualization:

  • Manhattan, New York is the most expensive place in the United States to live. Manhattan has the highest index in the total cost of living index as well as in the housing and miscellaneous goods categories.
  • Three cities in New York account for the top five in total cost of living.
  • Alaskan cities are the most expensive when it comes to health care, with the four highest indices in that category coming from the state.
  • If you are looking for an affordable place to live, you may want to consider Pryor Creek, Oklahoma, the city with the lowest cost of living overall that also under-indexes in every category.
  • Our own Kansas City came in just under the national average with a total cost of living index of 98.

How does your city compare? Do you feel like these numbers are an accurate reflection of your hometown?

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Ryan Sleeper

Ryan Sleeper is a data visualization evangelist specializing in Tableau. To learn more about how Evolytics’ award-winning data visualization practice can help you with your Tableau dashboards or training needs, contact us.

Ryan SleeperCost of Living: United States [Visualization]

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