The Council for Community and Economic Research released the third quarter Cost of Living Index for 264 urban areas. Wichita’s overall Index value was more than 8 percent below the national average of 100. The most expensive urban area in which to live was New York (Manhattan), N.Y., with an Index value more than twice that of the national average. The least expensive urban area was McAllen, Texas, which was nearly 19 percent below the national average.
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