Cheaper to live in Cochise County

The cost of living in Cochise County was lower than the national average in 2016, according to latest research.

It was also the fourth consecutive year that the number was below the nationwide figure, said the Council for Community and Economic Research, which publishes the Cost of Living Index.

The COLI report, released last month, provides comparative data for 264 urban areas across the nation, measuring relative price levels for consumer goods and services.

IMG_2115It includes groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

Cochise County’s cost of living last year was five percent lower than the average of all the participating places nationwide.

It was also 2.1 percent lower than Phoenix, which is three hours north of Sierra Vista. Transportation and housing costs were also lower.

Health care and miscellaneous goods and services in the county were also less than in both Phoenix and Tucson – Tucson is 75 miles north of Sierra Vista.

All categories of cost, except groceries, utilities and transportation, were lower in Cochise County than nationwide.

IMG_4804The cost of housing was 8.6 percent below the national average, healthcare was five percent lower, and the cost of miscellaneous goods and services was 8.1 percent lower.

(This information was provided by Dr. Robert Carreira, chief economist for


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