Comparing The Dennis Cost of Living to Other Communities

In trying to attract business to the Town of Dennis, we need to know what it will take to be competitive.  The following provides some comparison to the cost of living in Dennis to the cost of living in other cities around the country.

Cost of Living Index
Community Salary Overall Housing Food
Dennis $ 75,000 145 194 112
Denver CO $ 54,387 105 99 104
Boston MA $ 66,173 128 148 112
Springfield MA $ 45,699 88 48 118
Amherst MA $ 60,334 116 120 118
Harford CT $ 49,394 95 66 117
Nyack NY $ 84,828 164 231 123
Westport CT $ 141,196 272 528 128
Skokie IL $ 61,262 118 134 106
San Francisco CA $ 97,094 187 296 122
Madison WI $ 48,466 93 80 100

The National Index is 100, this means that the town of Dennis is 45% more expensive than the National Average, while Springfield is 12% less costly.

The comparison was made using the Sperlings Best Places Web Site.

This site provides a number of other available comparisons that I will explore some of the other categories with these and other communities over time.  For instance, while we have a higher cost of living than Denver, we have a larger percentage of our population with high school degrees, with some college education, and a higher average household income.  However, this higher average income does not match the difference in cost of living.

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