Salina: Most Affordable Location in Kansas
Rachel Hinde - Fri 08:38 AM 02/08/2013
Nationally, Salina ranks thirty-nine out of 298 cities placing it in the top thirteenth percent in terms of affordability.
The 2012 American Chamber of Commerce Research Association Annual Cost of Living Index lists Salina with the lowest Composite Index Rate in Kansas out of six participating cities. The other participating cities in the state include; Dodge City (94.3%), Hutchinson (91.2%), Manhattan (92.9%), Topeka (92.5%) and Wichita (91.4%).
This is Salina’s sixth year in a row to have the lowest Composite Index Rate in Kansas at 90.1%. Nationally, Salina ranks thirty-nine out of 298 cities placing it in the top thirteenth percent in terms of affordability.
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce President, Dennis Lauver said, “not only do we offer the most affordable place to live in Kansas, but we offer the best place to raise a family and also retire.” Lauver’s comment is in reference to multiple times in the last five years that Business Week magazine named Salina as the best place to raise a family in the state of Kansas. A recent study conducted by On Numbers, a national business blog affiliated with the Wichita Business Journal, concluded Salina is the destination of choice for Kansas retirees.
The Council for Community and Economic Research produces the American Chamber of Commerce Research Association Cost of Living Index to provide a useful and reasonably accurate measure of living cost differences among urban areas. The ACCRA Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.