EAU CLAIRE'S COST OF LIVING LOW, NATIONAL SURVEY
Posted: June 12, 2018
Prices of consumer goods and services are collected by Eau Claire's Economic Development Division three times a year in order to measure regional differences. The composite index is based on six categories - housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. Eau Claire's composite index improved its relative position from 96.6 in the first quarter of 2017 to 93.9 in 2018.
While everday living expenses in Eau Claire fall below the national average, they are also the second lowest of the five Wisconsin metro areas participating in the survey. Among the individual categories, Eau Claire stands out nationally and compared to the other Wisconsin metro areas for the low cost indices in the Housing and Grocery Items categories (75.1, and 93.0 respectively).
The full report is available upon request.