The Rockford Area historically has a lower cost of living than the U.S. average, similarly sized cities, many major metropolitan areas, and surrounding cities in the Midwest. This provides our residents a bigger bang for their buck, giving them access to big-city living at affordable prices. This also positively impacts the cost of doing business by keeping wages as a comparatively-lower percentage of business overhead.
Using data provided by researchers at EDDNI, key expenses in dozens of major cities are compared. Costs include housing, utilities, transportation and health care.
|Metro Area||Composite Index|
|New York (Manhattan), NY||237.4|
|San Diego, CA||141.3|
|Joliet-Will County, IL||100.6|
|Cedar Rapids, IA||95.8|
|Quad Cities (Davenport-Bettendorf-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL)||91.7|
|Des Moines, IA||89.6|
|St. Louis, MO||87.6|