Wichita cost of living about 9 percent below U.S. metro average

The Wichita Eagle

The cost of living in the Wichita area was about 9 percent below the national average in the first quarter of 2015, according to a study cited by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University.

The Council for Community and Economic Research releases a quarterly index of the cost of living for 265 top metro areas based on housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.

Wichita was rated at 90.8, with the average of all cities set at 100. Manhattan in New York City was the most expensive, at 223 percent of the national average, while McAllen, Texas was the lowest, at 77.2 percent of the national average.