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||227.0|
|San Diego, CA||146.9|
|Joliet-Will County, IL||100.5|
|Davenport-Bettendorf-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL (Quad Cities)||98.1|
|St. Louis, MO||90.4|
|Des Moines, IA||88.8|