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Cost of living in 9 Georgia cities, ranked from cheapest to most expensive

Insider ranked the cost of living for nine places in Georgia, including Atlanta, using C2ER’s Cost of Living Index.

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Atlanta had the highest Cost of Living Index score among nine Georgia cities, a research group found.
However, all nine of those areas fall below the national average on the Cost of Living Index. 
The Cost of Living Index is based on several categories, including healthcare and grocery items.

With speculation of a recession looming in America’s future, many may be reexamining their expenses and budgets.

The Council for Community and Economic Research, or C2ER, publishes a quarterly Cost of Living Index that illustrates how expensive it can be to live in different cities and states. The second-quarter index featured 274 urban areas, including nine in Georgia.

“The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile,” a press release from C2ER said. This includes prices on things like groceries and healthcare.

The Atlanta area is the most expensive of the nine Georgia cities on the second-quarter index, with a score of 97.3 — the national average is 100, according to C2ER. Georgia was home to eight other locations that also fell below the average, including Savannah and Columbus.

Below are the nine Georgia cities with data for the second quarter, sorted by the composite index. Prices of different services and expenses are also included, based on C2ER data that was shared with Insider.

Insider also looked at cities in California, Colorado, Florida, and Texas using the Cost of Living Index data.

9. Augusta-Aiken, Georgia-South Carolina

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Composite index: 84.6

Home price: $299,355

Apartment rent: $1,281

Energy: $139.53

Doctor visit: $92.5o

Beauty salon visit: $33.60

8. Dublin-Laurens County

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Composite index: 85.8

Home price: $281,521

Apartment rent: $1,092

Energy: $146.50

Doctor visit: $75

Beauty salon visit: $40

7. Dalton

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Composite index: 87.5

Home price: $338,230

Apartment rent: $1,207

Energy: $167.94

Doctor visit: $110

Beauty salon visit: $35

6. Valdosta

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Composite index: 90.0

Home price: $391,532

Apartment rent: $1,038

Energy: $161.03

Doctor visit: $114.67

Beauty salon visit: $51

5. Savannah

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Composite index: 91.4

Home price: $340,808

Apartment rent: $1,336

Energy: $160.17

Doctor visit: $134.80

Beauty salon visit: $36.83

4. Douglasville-Douglas County

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Composite index: 91.9

Home price: $347,233

Apartment rent: $1,606

Energy: $139.65

Doctor visit: $114.67

Beauty salon visit: $70

3. Columbus

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Composite index: 93.6

Home price: $403,267

Apartment rent: $1,104.50

Energy: $135.28

Doctor visit: $174.67

Beauty salon visit: $42

2. Athens

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Composite index: 93.7

Home price: $415,441

Apartment rent: $1,480

Energy: $135.28

Doctor visit: $125

Beauty salon visit: $50

1. AtlantaInsider ranked the cost of living for nine places in Georgia, including Atlanta, using C2ER’s Cost of Living Index.

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Composite index: 97.3

Home price: $466,143

Apartment rent: $1,547

Energy: $131.89

Doctor visit: $131.50

Beauty salon visit: $55.60

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