The ACCRA 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. It is based on more than 50,000 prices covering almost 60 different items for which prices are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations or university applied economic centers in each participating urban area. Small differences should not be interpreted as showing a measurable difference.
Texas cities frequently rate among the least expensive in the index and prices are often below the national average.
The quarterly ACCRA Cost of Living Index is available by subscription for $165 per year (print or PDF version) or $250 per year (electronic version) from The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER).