We’ve blogged before about Wolfram|Alpha’s powerful relocation calculator, which has turned out to be one of our more popular—and practical—features. Our last round of enhancements added information about broad topics like population, home sale prices, unemployment rates, and more; now we’ve added more detail to the core cost-of-living categories, so you can see how prices of specific retail goods and services differ among US cities and metropolitan areas.
A basic query like “relocation from Des Moines to Chicago” now brings up a new table of “Average retail prices”, with price comparisons for a selected set of common items.
Clicking “More” will expand this pod to show price comparisons for dozens of items in each of the six core cost-of-living categories: groceries, housing, healthcare, transportation, utilities, and miscellaneous. Or you can click the “Show prices” button to see exact prices, as reported by the ACCRA Cost of Living Index (a quarterly survey of cost-of-living differences published by the Council for Community and Economic Research).
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