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CREC’s Allison Discusses Georgia’s Cost of Living for NPR Audiences

August 12, 2015

Jennie Allison, who helps manage the quarterly Cost of Living Index (COLI), joined a panel of economists at National Public Radio on July 14 to discuss the cost of living in metro Atlanta and how that compares to other national markets. As part of the discussion, Ms. Allison talked about how data that is collected for the index helps provide a useful and reasonably accurate way to compare consumer cost differences between urban areas. Specifically, she focused on the cost of living in the seven areas COLI examines in Georgia and discussed how that compares to other markets such as McAllen, Texas.

The interview is available through Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought program, and you can listen to it below.

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), an association managed by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), developed COLI. COLI is a U.S.-focused cost-of-living product that identifies key determinants of an area’s cost of living. Based on an econometric model, COLI is the most reliable source of city-to-city comparisons of key consumer costs available anywhere, and its data is recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.

You can also read more from the interview with Ms. Allison and get insights from other economists by visiting Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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C2ER Cost of Living Index
Start Date: Jan 2000 — End Date: Ongoing

CREC conducts a quarterly survey of prices for a basket of consumer goods and services.  Published by C2ER, the Cost of Living Index provides a useful and accurate measure to compare cost of living differences among urban areas. Items on which the Index is based have been carefully chosen to reflect the different categories of […]

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Council for Community and Economic Research

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) promotes excellence in community and economic research by improving data quality and availability by fostering learning about regional economic analytic methods.