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Cost of Living

Every attempt has been made to provide current, accurate, and consistent data in this database. There may be some differences due to sources, methodologies, or timing of data-assembly.

Topeka participates in the ACCRA Cost of Living Index study which measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile.

Annual 2019 Q3 data ranked Topeka at 87.3 with the average for 269 urban areas participating being 100.

The study is based on more than 60 items, for which prices are collected quarterly by the Greater Topeka Partnership or similar organization in each participating urban area. The composite index is based on six components–housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services. Small differences should not be interpreted as showing any measurable difference, according to ACCRA.

“Our cost of living is attractive when compared to communities on the east and west coasts, as well as cities in the Midwest,” says Molly Howey, senior vice president of economic development. “We are pleased to see Topeka/Shawnee County getting recognition as a great place to live and work that is cost-pleasing to the family budget. Our housing costs continue to be very affordable and we’re pleased this study confirms our belief that Topeka offers a quality living experience at a below average cost.”

Click here to compare our cost of living to other US cities.


ACCRA Cost of Living Index Third Quarter 2019 Averages: A sampling of Midwest cities

Metro/Micro Urban AreaComposite Index
2019 Q3
Topeka, KS87.3
Little Rock, AR94.3
Denver, CO112.8
Chicago, IL121.9
Des Moines, IA89.1
Kansas City, MO-KS96.0
St. Louis, MO87.7
Omaha, NE91.4
Columbus, OH90.6
Oklahoma City, OK85.4
Dallas, TX110.9
Houston, TX96.0

The ACCRA Cost of Living Index provides a useful and reasonably accurate measure of living cost differences among urban areas. Items on which the index is based have been carefully chosen to reflect the different categories of consumer expenditures. Weights assigned to relative costs are based on governmental survey data on expenditure patterns for professional and executive households.