Cost of Living

Cost of living is an important consideration when choosing a business location or a new place to call home.  Metropolitan Birmingham has leading public schools, nationally recognized museums and restaurants, all at a cost that is about 89% of the average national cost of living.

ACCRA Cost of Living 2012 Annual Average

2012 Cost of Living Composite Score


   2012 Annual Average Cost of Living Category Scores


Composite Score


Grocery 93.3
Housing 74.4
Utilities 104
Transportation 88.7
Health Care 82.1
Miscellaneous Goods and Services 93.9
Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research C2ER