Cars drive down Broadway

Cars drive down Broadway in downtown Columbia on April 1.

COLUMBIA — The cost-of-living index for the second quarter of 2015 in Columbia was 97.5, according to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, which recently participated in a pricing study for the Council for Community and Economic Research. The figure means that $100 worth of goods purchased in an average U.S. city would cost $97.50 in Columbia.

The index ranged from a low of 80.1 in McAllen, Texas, to a high of 219.70 in New York (Manhattan) during the second quarter of 2015, according to the Columbia chamber.

Test your knowledge of Columbia and nine comparable U.S. cities and the average costs of living for items including housing, doctor's visits as well as fried chicken and ground beef.

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