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 88% of the average national cost of living.

2016 Annual Average Cost of Living Index Peer Metro Areas 2015-Annual-Average-Cost-of-Living-Index-Peer-Metro-Areas

   2016 Annual Average Cost of Living Category Scores


Composite Score


Grocery 97.7
Housing 78.2
Utilities 100.6
Transportation 91.2
Health Care 86.7
Miscellaneous Goods and Services 88.9
Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research C2ER