There are a number of sources of cost of living data with different methods and products. They’re useful for research applications and to provide a reference point for wage data. Although cost of living is non-standard and does not have a formal WID table, the content is useful enough to states to index here.
|MIT||County||This is an annual calculation that produces annual costs for various components (food, childcare, etc) and a required wage value to cover those costs for 14 family structures. You can find the documentation here.|
|C2ER||County and MSA||This is a widely-used annual index value but is available for a cost. You can find the documentation here.|
|WID Version?||County and State||This is an adaptation of a method developed by Minnesota. It has both component costs and an index value but is relatively new. You can find the documentation here and a visualization here.|
This is non-standard content but has been structured to work seamlessly with the WID.
This is a new data source at the national level. If there’s interest, it will continue to be produced in future years, with updates occurring in January or early February.