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 2014, the Flagstaff composite cost of living index was 118.2, or 18.2% 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 (26.05% of Composite)
  • Groceries (13.48% of Composite)
  • Utilities (9.95% of Composite)
  • Transportation (12.63% of Composite)
  • Health Care (4.89% of Composite)
  • Misc. (33.01% of Composite)

Composite Index (Overall Cost of Living)

Flagstaff 118.2%
Prescott 97.4%
Phoenix 95.7%
National Average 100%

More Flagstaff Cost of Living Data

Grocery Items Index

Flagstaff 116.6%
Prescott 95.4%
Phoenix 101.6%

Housing Cost Index

Flagstaff 154.3%
Prescott 104.9%
Phoenix 93.8%

Utilities Index

Flagstaff 98.7%
Prescott 89.4%
Phoenix 92.4%

Transportation Index

Flagstaff 112.4%
Prescott 95.7%
Phoenix 106.6%

Health Care Index

Flagstaff 105.7%
Prescott 94.7%
Phoenix 99.0%

Misc. Goods & Services Index

Flagstaff 100.3%
Prescott 95.8%
Phoenix 91.0%

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.