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 2017 Annual ACCRA Data ranked Topeka 95.7 overall 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 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 2017 Annual Report, Topeka ranked 102.7 in grocery items, 82.6 in housing, 100.9 in utilities, 93.8 in transportation, 96.3 in health care, and 102.5 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 Amy McCarter, GTP vice president of communications. “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.”