Cost of Living

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Categorized Cost Comparison for Manhattan, Kansas City, and Denver

These estimates are calculated for a family of 4 with an earnings of $100,00 a year while living in a 2,226 sq foot home/apartment with one automobile that is valued at $26,667 and uses 30,000 miles a year. Data from the Economic Research Institute, Inc. May 31, 2016
Index Manhattan, KS Kansas City, MO Denver, CO National Average
Grocery $23,665 $21,937 $23,921 $24,219
Health Services $2,620 $2,633 $2,889 $2,728
Housing/Utility/Property Tax $22,377 $20,074 $50,228 $22,877
Income/Payroll Taxes $21,020 $23,020 $21,480 $21,810
Transportation $11,875 $12,100 $12,799 $13,041
Goods and Services $15,325 $15,325 $8,953 $15,325
Total $96,882 $95,089 $120,320 $100,000
Percentage  96.9% 95.1% 120.3% 100%
Estimated Home Value
(2,269 sq. feet)
$264,253 $242,146 $446,977 $271,739
Rent (Monthly)
(2,269 sq. feet)
$2,099 $2,634 $3,849 $2,082

Average Price Comparison

Source: numbeo.com and bankrate.com where users input prices they see at stores. Therefore, data should be read with discretion.
Category Item Pottawatomie County, KS Kansas City, MO Denver, 
CO
National 
Average
Food          

Gallon of Milk 3.10 3.45 3.00 3.49

Dozen Eggs 2.31 2.32 3.32 2.76

1 lb of Potatos 1.46 0.84 1.93 1.94

1 lb of Potatos 1.10 1.05 1.22 1.18

1 lb of Tomatoes 2.11 2.00 1.62 2.00

Head of Lettuce 1.38 1.38 1.52 1.59

Bananas 0.59 0.56 0.58 0.59
Clothing          

Pair of Levi's® Jeans 42.67 46.65 48.77 42.28

Pair of Mid-Range Nike Running Shoes 72.57 72.57 78.89 74.56
Entertainment





Cinema Ticket 9.00 10.00 12.00 11.00

Pack of Cigarettes 5.77 5.80 5.65 6.50

Pint of Domestic Beer (Restaurant) 3.50 4.00 4.50 4.00
Services 





Dentist Visit 81.50 87.39 97.33 n/a

Optometrist  137.50 94.68 101.85 125.00

Veterinary Services 40.81 44.80 54.65 n/a

Hair Cut 13.14 14.66 16.71 35.50