Cost of Living Calculator

This Cost of Living Calculator allows individuals to calculate the cost of living index comparing the Albany Metropolitan Statistical Area to other regions across the United States. It is considered the most reliable source of region-to-region quarterly comparisons of key consumer costs and is referenced in the Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstract of the United States. The Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas.

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission, the Capital Region Chamber and the Center for Economic Growth have partnered to provide the ACCRA Cost of Living Index Calculator created by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

Data for the Capital Region is collected quarterly by graduate students enrolled in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany. The methodology, data requirements and parameters of the data collected are consistent nationwide in order to assure comparability among the participating regions.