Cost of Living

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.

The 2013 Annual Average ACCRA Data ranked Topeka 93.8 overall with the average for 308 urban areas participating being 100.

Third Quarter 2013 data ranked Topeka at 95.1 with the average for 306 urban areas participating being 100.

The study is based on more than 60 items, for which prices are collected quarterly by the Chamber of Commerce 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.

For the 2013 Annual Averages, Topeka ranked 87.8 in grocery items, 92.0 in housing, 84.0 in utilities, 94.5 in transportation, 91.9 in health care, and 100.6 in miscellaneous goods and services.

"Our cost of living is attractive when compared to communities on the east and west coasts, as well as cities in the Midwest," says Marsha Sheahan, Chamber vice president public relations. "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 Annual Averages 2013: A sampling of Midwest cities

Chicago, IL 115.3
Denver, CO 104.2
Houston, TX 99.2

Kansas City, MO-KS Metro


Little Rock, AR


Dallas, TX


Topeka, KS


Manhattan, KS 92.8
Des Moines, IA 90.3
Oklahoma City, OK 90.3
Springfield, MO 88.6
Omaha, NE 87.2
Columbus, OH 87.2
Lawrence, KS



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.

The year end 2013 rankings will be available bysecond quarter 2014; those results will be reported as they become available.

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