The Council for Community and Economic Research released the annual average Cost of Living Index for 281 urban areas for 2014. Wichita’s overall Index value was almost 9 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 Harlingen, Texas, which was nearly 19 percent below the national average.
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