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The Flathead County cost-of-living index measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non consumer expenditures. It is based on more than 60 items for which prices are collected quarterly. Local data is combined with information from 314 other communities to create the ACCRA Cost of Living Index. ACCRA is the national association of community and economic research
professionals. Other Montana areas participating in the survey include
Bozeman and Missoula.

The ACCRA Cost-of-Living Index for the Kalispell area during the first quarter of 2013 is as follows (average of 302 urban areas = 100):

 

1st Qtr Data

2010

2011

2012

2013

Change

Composite

98.8%

98.5%

98.1%

96.2%

-1.9%

Groceries

116.3%

109.6%

108.4%

104.2%

-4.2%

Housing

95.2%

95.7%

94.3%

91.6%

-2.7%

Utilities

82.2%

85.5%

86.8%

92.4%

+5.6%

Transportation

103.6%

103.2%

97.7%

88.5%

-9.2%

Health Care

104.6%

107.4%

107.2%

108.8%

+1.6%

Miscellaneous

98.7%

97.9%

99.6%

99.1%

-0.5%

If you would like information on Cost of Living comparisons click here.  This will take you to the website where you can type in your current residence and compare it to where you are looking at relocating to.