Topeka Among Most Affordable U.S. Cities

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Among the 288 urban areas that participated in the First Quarter 2014 Cost of Living Index, the after-tax cost for a professional/managerial standard of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York (Manhattan) NY to almost 19 percent below the national average in Norman, OK.

The cost of living in the Topeka MSA was almost eight percent below the average, coming in at 92.4 percent of the national average of 100.

The Cost of Living Index is published quarterly by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research.

“We continue to see our affordable housing influence our cost of living,” said Marsha Sheahan, vice president public relations for the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. “Housing ranked 86.0, or fourteen percent below average for the first quarter.”

Other areas measured show the Topeka MSA at 90.7% for grocery items, 83.1% for utilities, 92.5% for transportation, 96.2 percent for health care and 100.4 for miscellaneous goods and services.

For those interested in comparing Topeka to other communities that participate in the quarterly study, visit

“There is a link to a comparison database that will compare Topeka MSA’s cost of living to that of the 288 other participating cities,” Sheahan says.

Posted by Justin Surrency