Cost of Living

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.

City Comparison

Metro AreaComposite Index
New York (Manhattan), NY237.4
San Diego, CA141.3
Chicago, IL120.0
Denver, CO110.8
Madison, WI106.6
Minneapolis, MN106.2
Allentown, PA104.0
Joliet-Will County, IL100.6
Detroit, MI99.5
Austin, TX99.3
Phoenix, AZ98.9
Cleveland, OH96.6
Cedar Rapids, IA95.8
Chattanooga, TN94.7
Mobile, AL94.3
Surprise, AZ93.6
Peoria, IL92.6
Columbus, OH92.2
Indianapolis, IN92.1
Quad Cities (Davenport-Bettendorf-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL)91.7
Wichita, KS90.8
Des Moines, IA89.6
Rockford, IL88.9
Champaign-Urbana, IL87.7
St. Louis, MO87.6