Cost of Living


Cost of Living Index (COLI)

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber gathers pricing information for a cost-of-living report every year which is compiled by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) to create the national cost of living index.

According to the cumulative report for the fourth quarter of 2015, the Flagstaff composite cost of living index was 117.3, or 17.3% more than the national average. The composite index reflects pricing in six categories: housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.

Each category is weighted differently:

  • Composite Index Housing (27.80% of Composite)
  • Groceries (13.96% of Composite)
  • Utilities (10.23% of Composite)
  • Transportation (12.12% of Composite)
  • Health Care (4.41% of Composite)
  • Misc. (31.48% of Composite)

Composite Index (Overall Cost of Living)

Flagstaff 117.3%
Prescott 96.6%
Phoenix 97.6%
National Average 100%

More Flagstaff Cost of Living Data

Grocery Items Index

Flagstaff 105.6%
Prescott 97.5%
Phoenix 92.5%

Housing Cost Index

Flagstaff 136.9%
Prescott 105.1%
Phoenix 92.5%

Utilities Index

Flagstaff 116.4%
Prescott 93.5%
Phoenix 98.7%

Transportation Index

Flagstaff 104.8%
Prescott 100.1%
Phoenix 107.7%

Health Care Index

Flagstaff 113.2%
Prescott 97.4%
Phoenix 97.0%

Misc. Goods & Services Index

Flagstaff 110.8%
Prescott 88.4%
Phoenix 96.8%

The quarterly Cost of Living Index is available by subscription for $165 per year. A copy of the report is available to Chamber members for review at the Chamber offices.