Joplin's Cost of Living Lowest Among U.S. Metros

9 years 6 months 9 hours ago June 04, 2007 Jun 4, 2007 Monday, June 04 2007 Monday, June 04, 2007 10:00:19 AM CDT in News
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JOPLIN (AP) - Tired of high prices? Move to Joplin. A survey says Joplin's cost of living in the first quarter of the year was the lowest of 293 U-S metropolitan areas. The average cost of living is viewed as 100 percent, and all Missouri metros are below the norm. The Council for Community and Economic Research survey said Joplin's index was 81-point-6 percent of the national average. New York City's was highest at 213 percent. The index reflects the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and other expenses like shampoo, movie tickets and clothing. Other Missouri metro areas in the survey included Jefferson City at 89-point-1; Springfield, 89-point-5; St. Joseph, 92-point-1; Columbia, 92-point-4; Kansas City, 95-point-1; St. Louis, 96-point-1.

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